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lu432 5th July 2012 03:26 PM

Hello from Sunrise, FL
 
Hello everyone,

I have been roaming around this forum for about a year now, and I love this forum and I now think its time that I roll up my sleeves and start trying some stuf out. Here is my first challenge. I feel totally overwhelmed and scared of the fact that I might buy some stuff to create my own DIY stuff and completely burn a board. I totally suck at soldering. If I could get over that I'm sure things will get much easier. I do look forward to picking everyone's brain here :)

I hope to see you all,

Luis

Cal Weldon 5th July 2012 03:38 PM

Hello and welcome, officially, to diyAudio.

planet10 5th July 2012 04:29 PM

Welcome to the forum Luis.

dave

c2cthomas 5th July 2012 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by lu432 (Post 3082399)
Hello everyone,

I have been roaming around this forum for about a year now, and I love this forum and I now think its time that I roll up my sleeves and start trying some stuf out.

Hello Luis - and a belated Welcome to diyAudio!!!! :D:D:D

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Originally Posted by lu432 (Post 3082399)
Here is my first challenge. I feel totally overwhelmed and scared of the fact that I might buy some stuff to create my own DIY stuff and completely burn a board. I totally suck at soldering. If I could get over that I'm sure things will get much easier.

1st things 1st - what do you have for soldering gear?
See the photo's below for a pretty good soldering work area and tools.
Here is a bit of a primer and there are a lot of video's on Utube about soldering and also available at NASA.
http://stomach.v2.nl/projects/Basic_.../Soldering.pdf

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Originally Posted by lu432 (Post 3082399)
I hope to see you all,
Luis

Eh - be careful what ya wish for!!!! ;)

a.wayne 5th July 2012 05:35 PM

^^^ where are you sourcing that mag viewer ..?

lu432 5th July 2012 05:55 PM

Dude that article is awesome, I wish someone would have given me something like that back in the day :)

So since you have been so awesome as to share your knowledge now I have a question :P

Don't boards require a certain level of heat as opposed to say for example soldering an XLR Cable or a TRS Cable?

Just curious, but a lot more motivated :)

c2cthomas 5th July 2012 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by a.wayne (Post 3082579)
^^^ where are you sourcing that mag viewer ..?

Grabbed it off of flea-bay about 3 years ago - I forget the store but I'll try and look it up if I can....:D:D:D

The outfit I got that lamp from doesn't have any of that type right now - but here is someone that does - and for pretty much the same price I paid + fee shipping. I haven't used them before so I can't vouch for them but their seller rating looks pretty decent.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/5X-Diopter-C...ht_1624wt_1185

c2cthomas 5th July 2012 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by lu432 (Post 3082595)
Dude that article is awesome, I wish someone would have given me something like that back in the day :)

:up::up:

There are others out there on the 'net - let your search engine be your friend.

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Originally Posted by lu432 (Post 3082595)
So since you have been so awesome as to share your knowledge now I have a question :P

Don't boards require a certain level of heat as opposed to say for example soldering an XLR Cable or a TRS Cable?

That all depends - It doesn't really matter if it is a PWB or a terminal lug - what you need to be able to judge is the amount of thermal mass that needs to be heated up to a sufficient temperature for a proper solder joint. This determination will help you to make a decision as to the amount of heat you will require as well as the proper size of your soldering tip. Experience will play a role in your selection as you progress.

Here is a place to start by one of the best solder station manufacturers.
HAKKO | Select Tip Shape | HAKKO Recommendations for Selection of Tip Size

I could go on - but it is a very long discussion to put into a little box.

Believe me - the proper selection of the proper wattage iron to use - at the proper temperature - with the proper tip - and the proper tools and workbench will make your soldering much easier. That being said - good soldering takes practice - and quite a bit of it. See if you can find some old scrap PC or TV or Audio PWB that you can use for practice - there should be something laying around in someone's scrap bin.

Feel free to PM me if you run into problems or have some questions. We can chat via email - forum - or telephone - FB - whatever.

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Originally Posted by lu432 (Post 3082595)
Just curious, but a lot more motivated :)

Thaaaaaaaat's what diyAudio iz all about!! :D:D:D


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