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  • 1. Melt some metal Soldering
  • 2. Why Soldering? <ul><li>Build your own components </li></ul><ul><li>Fix a broken part </li></ul><ul><li>DIY hardware options </li></ul><ul><li>You like building/tinkering </li></ul>
  • 3. Safety First <ul><li>Always be careful, you are working with extreme heat </li></ul><ul><li>Soldering irons melt metal </li></ul><ul><li>They will melt skin </li></ul><ul><li>They get very hot and can start fires </li></ul><ul><li>Never leave a soldering iron unattended </li></ul>
  • 4. Basic Equipment <ul><li>Soldering iron </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for the iron </li></ul><ul><li>Rosin core solder </li></ul><ul><li>Well lighted work area </li></ul><ul><li>Clean work area </li></ul>
  • 5. Soldering Iron Types <ul><li>Basic on/off </li></ul><ul><li>Basic temperature controlled </li></ul><ul><li>Digital temperature controlled </li></ul>(the one I use)
  • 6. Available Tips <ul><li>Conical </li></ul><ul><li>Spade </li></ul><ul><li>Chisel </li></ul>I most often use the conical tip when building Christmas DIY projects
  • 7. Optional Equipment <ul><li>Tip cleaner </li></ul><ul><li>Extra hands </li></ul><ul><li>Exhaust fan </li></ul><ul><li>Magnifying glass </li></ul><ul><li>Panavise </li></ul>
  • 8. Panavise <ul><li>Many models </li></ul><ul><li>Great for holding boards </li></ul><ul><li>Allow lots of movement </li></ul>
  • 9. Solder Wire Basics <ul><li>Use rosin core </li></ul><ul><li>I prefer 60/40 tin/lead solder </li></ul><ul><li>Size, I recommend .032 (7 or 8mm) </li></ul><ul><li>Roll size </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio Shack has the small rolls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I usually get 1lb rolls </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Soldering Process <ul><li>Heat soldering iron </li></ul><ul><li>Clean tip </li></ul><ul><li>Tin tip </li></ul><ul><li>Apply heat and solder to component </li></ul><ul><li>Touch soldering iron to one side of pin, touch solder to the other side of the pin </li></ul><ul><li>Allow solder to flow </li></ul><ul><li>Remove soldering iron briefly and retouch </li></ul>
  • 11. Helpful Hints <ul><li>Solder most items at about 325° C/620 ° F </li></ul><ul><li>Larger items or components with heat sinks will need higher heat because they dissipate heat well </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger items like triacs, turn the iron up to 400° C/750 ° F </li></ul><ul><li>For triacs it may help to trim the legs to desired length before soldering </li></ul>
  • 12. Desoldering <ul><li>You will have to do this </li></ul><ul><li>Desoldering wick </li></ul><ul><li>Solder sucker </li></ul><ul><li>Desoldering iron </li></ul><ul><li>Hot air station </li></ul>
  • 13. Other Soldering Options <ul><li>Soldering SMT components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflow/Skillet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflow/Toaster oven </li></ul></ul>
  • 14. Practice Options <ul><li>Commercial solder kits </li></ul><ul><li>DIY solder kits </li></ul>
  • 15. Website Links <ul><li>Do It Yourself Lightanimation (wiki and soldering practice kits) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.diylightanimation.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MPJA Online (solder station) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mpja.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solder Station Model 302A - part #15141 (the one I have) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sparkfun – some good tutorials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sparkfun.com </li></ul></ul>
  • 16. Questions <ul><li>Q&amp;A </li></ul><ul><li>Demo technique </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for your time </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation available at www.christmasingreatwood.com </li></ul>

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