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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:40 am 
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HOW AND WHY TO SOLDER VIDEO! MUST WATCH!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_NU2ruzyc4

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Stephen's Tips for a Successful Build:

Since the forum was moved, the copy of Stephen's Tips for a Successful Build that was posted here no longer displayed all of his helpful photos.

Please refer to the original post is the DIY Discussion forum: http://www.byocelectronics.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6401


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:45 am 
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I wish this was on the board when I first started building. So damn useful.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:09 pm 
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Thanks so much. I have a question, though. Is a 25W solder iron too weak or am I just really bad at this whole soldering business? I have a hard time getting the solder to melt on the junctions.
Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:11 am 
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Sorry to inform you but it's your soldering. I've used a 25W iron for years and have never had a problem.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:44 am 
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The tip of your soldering iron could be dirty too, invest in a solder sponge and some tip cleaner + tinner.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:04 am 
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No reason to apologize. I just started soldering two days ago, so I didn't expect to be a pro. My soldering skills are something I can fix. Also, I suspected I needed a cleaner, but needed verification before I spent money.
Thanks for the tips.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:04 am 
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make sure the tip is screwed in tightly too.


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Just make sure you heat the junction of the two things you're soldering before the actual solder even joins the party. So, the lead of a resistor for instance and the eyelet it's passing through should be toasty, and then touch the solder to it. And don't forget, you need less than a dab of solder. Way less.

You'll get it...don't worry!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:20 pm 
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hi thanks for tips!
i have been wanting to make one for a long time but my dads an electricion so i might get him to help me out with the soldering(im only 12 but i can still do soldering but not as good as him)
and then i can paint it and i want to put in one of those leds that changes colour(blue green and red) and some cool knobs and maybe a differnt switch (still a foot operated one though)

i was thinking of calling it davies darkness (davies being my last name) what do you think

btw anyone got some good tips or paint types for a rugged (i think i spelt that right )/rough look mostly a metaly kind of look?


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