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Just as sewing is a core skill of costuming, soldering is vital to electronics…yet the tools rarely include instructions. There are some excellent tutorials and videos, but I wanted to distill the basics to something one could absorb in 30 seconds. I focused on the two main mistakes novices make: heating the solder instead of the parts, and trying to learn on a discount store iron or granddad’s hand-me-down WWII-era elephant gun.
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OK. Good pretty much. More or less. It maybe helps the beginner. But beginners, please read the blurb (copy paste follows): “There are some excellent tutorials and videos.”
Watch/read the tutorials/videos.
If you don’t and rely on these cards, you’ll have something functional that a professional will likely look at and shudder.
To get a good joint doesn’t require too much (check those tutorials and videos!). A joint above and beyond requires more. So.. If you want to be good, please check the tutorials and videos. IF you want to be outstanding do a course.
I did High Reliability Hand Soldering as part of my apprenticeship. (NASA Standard). Here are my criticisms and please, this is just me be a ‘nit-picking’ douchebag.
1) 20-60W Iron. Are you trying to solder copper plumbing in a house? A 15W iron is heaps. In fact a cheap solder station is infinitely better than the best 20W ‘electronics’ soldering iron.
2) 1 – 2 seconds? Do you want a dry joint? Especially if you have a 60W soldering iron?
3) Tips often comes down to personal preference. I can’t stand chisel tip. I use a fine point. I actually found the flow better in my preference. I found the chisel tip tended to ‘lump’ the solder and give more more solder than I needed on a joint.
There is more. But.. Really, a good youtube video does more than these few pictures. Even if you do have to listen to someone dropping the L in solder. The phrase “Soddering” gives me twitches to this day!
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Have a great New Year!
Resistor color code is "Violet" not Purple.
Mike is correct,
I have been an Electronic Technician since 1958 and the color code for resistor has always been and always will be forever,"Violet"NOT Purple!