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Old 1st January 2003, 08:28 PM   #11
haldor is offline haldor  United States
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Originally posted by pinkmouse
Apart from the fact I invented this
Glad to see I'm not alone here. My coworkers look at me like I am kind of strange when I do this.

I use a variation on the heat and swing to clean the soldering iron tip when I have to solder something outdoors. Just load up the tip with solder and give it a flick. The dross and excess solder is gone and you have a clean, tinned tip ready to use.

I have a funny story about other uses for the solder flick. I was a service tech 15 years ago and one of the other techs was promoted to service manager. He had a hard time moving into the management role. Any time one of us was in the shop he would come out and hover over you as you worked (guess he didn't really know what else to do). One day I was wiring up some harnesses and his hovering got annoying. After a few minutes I started "accidentally" flicking solder behind me onto his pants legs. A few minutes later he looked down and noticed his dress pants had taken on a real sparkle. I was very apologetic about that, but noticed he didn't hover nearly as close after that.

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Old 1st January 2003, 11:03 PM   #12
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I never wipe my soldering iron tip clean... why?? cos I'm too lazy.. :P Probably would end up with better solder joints if I did, no that mine are bad.. :P lol I burnt my shoulder with a rather LARGE blob of solder... it was taking too long to cool, so I shock the PCB.. I wasn't wearing a shirt at the time... IT HURT!!! I also burnt my finger tip, not with solder, but hot melt glue.. I was talking on the phone at the time.. I put some glue on my floor (yeah, my wooded floor) waited about 5 seconds (for the glue to cool down) and stuck my finger in it... The phone converstaion was pretting boring, had to find something to do..
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Old 2nd January 2003, 12:25 AM   #13
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Default Here is a white paper that should help

It's not only the technique - proper tools and working area are essential. Download this white paper that discusses the subject in this context.

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Old 2nd January 2003, 12:41 AM   #14
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you guys are awesome. i had to work all day today, so i haven't started the re - retry out. i retried last night. I actually got it on without major problems. i was just using some radioshack pre-punched board. turns out it's not 16x16 as i thought, but 15x16. I put the first things on then noticed the relay wouldn't fit.

so i got a radioshack project box with larger board.

this is now in my favorites.
if only it could be used for good, not evil...
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Old 2nd January 2003, 11:53 AM   #15
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Of course, one thing that does make soldering a little difficult is if while your back was turned some ratbag has attached a short length of tinned copper wire to the end of your roll of solder. Looks like solder, kinda hard to melt though.
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Old 2nd January 2003, 11:55 AM   #16
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HAHAHAHA!!! I'm going to have to find someone to do that to now..
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