How to Solder Like a Pro

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Soldering isn’t as easy as it may look, but with a little practice you too can solder like a pro. Here are some helpful tips to creating professional grade projects:

  1. If your soldering iron isn’t working properly, try cleaning the tip. The residue from solder and dirt that accumulates on the tip over time make it difficult for the soldering iron to heat properly and reduces the heat applied to the solder.

  2. Choose a soldering iron with a range of at least 40 to 60 watts. You can still solder with a lower wattage, but a higher wattage will make the job easier.

  3. Your work area should be clean and properly lit. Clutter will only get in the way of your projects and in the case of precision soldering, especially with small objects you will need to see what you are working on.

  4. Make sure you familiarize yourself with all the tools and their purposes. This will make the job a lot easier when you need to solve a problem and are looking for the best tool for the job.

  5. Always clean the circuit board you are working on thoroughly. If there is debri on the your circuit board the solder won’t adhere effectively and the finished project won’t work as it should.

  6. Make sure that both the components and the board are secure when you are working on your project. If either are loose the soldering won’t be secure when you finish.

  7. When you are soldering several components to a circuit board, keep them separate and only solder one at a time so you don’t wind up with any mistakes.

Safety

It is very important to follow these safety rules when soldering:

  1. Make sure your work area is properly lit.

  2. It is important to work in a well ventilated area.

  3. Return the soldering iron to its stand when not in use.

  4. Always wear safety glasses.

  5. Never keep flammable substances near your work area.

  6. Never touch the tip of the soldering iron, always hold it by the handle.

  7. Do not eat or drink while soldering.

  8. Wash your hands thoroughly after soldering.
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