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what I should have told you a while ago


…how to solder. That is the end of the sentence I started in the end of my last post. So first you have to shape your wire. Then you position it in the third hand (two clips to hold the wire). Once you have set everything up it is time to start soldering. Make sure you have a long enough piece of solder (wire that melts easily). Heat up the area you will solder (the amount of time depends on the thickness of the wire) so the solder will flow easily. Then touch the solder to the tip of the soldering iron right where you want the connection and the solder will melt connecting everything. Then you hold a wet sponge on for about a minute and you are good to go. Other tips are:

  • be careful when soldering wires to something that has plastic (the plastic would melt)
  • go slow the first time (it is a little scary)
  • make sure you clean the soldering iron (it gets smoky and smells bad otherwise)
  • it doesn’t hurt too  let it cool too long (it burns if you don’t let it cool enough)
  • wear safety goggles (keep your eyes safe)
  • you can add more solder but you can’t take any away (go slow when adding solder)
  • solder is conductive (keep in mind when making a circuit)


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“what I should have told you a while ago”

  1. October 23rd, 2018 at 11:30 am      Reply Jenny Simon Tabak Says:

    I’ve been wondering how this works. Thank you…

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