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Help on soldering

-Use a good soldering iron with fine pencil tip. Radio-Shack irons are good and reliable.

-It is important to have aclean tip. Do not use very abrasive surfaces to clean / polish the soldering iron tip. if th etip looks bent or damaged, it is worth investing in a new tip.

-Please take all precautions while using soldering irons.

  • Solder on a fire resistant surface. Homosote, or dry wall are good .
  • Never leave your iron plugged in and unattended.
  • Do not overload a wall outlet with too many electric appliances.
  • Never set your hot iron down on anything other than an iron stand.
  • Replace the cord of your iron if it becomes worn or gets burnt.
  • To prevent burning your fingers, use needle nose pliers or heat resistant gloves to hold small pieces.
  • Never cut off a grounding prong on an iron plug to make it fit an ungrounded receptacle.

  • Procedure

    Copyright, OWI Inc. (Instruction manual)


    Copyright, OWI Inc. (Instruction manual)

    Make sure the tip is clean is fairly sharp.
    Also, clean the tip with wet sponge.

    if soldering on a printed circuit board place the components and bed the leads on the soldering side slightly, to hold the component in place. Use "helping hands" to hold the board.

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