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Default Re: Soldering advice for a newbie - 01-08-2009, 02:08 AM

I have the item number right here in front of me, it's SKU 96375, but the harbor freight website insists there's no such thing.

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Default Re: Soldering advice for a newbie - 01-08-2009, 02:18 AM

Thats cool, as long as I can find a fine tip to suit my needs I'll be happy. Both my 25 watt and new 15 watt use the same size tip so no worries there.

On another note, I remembered I have a old HP Palmtop in my truck needing a new battery pack (or rebuilt) and some other fixes I've been putting off. I also have 4-5 old P-1 towers in storage so I can practice with those until I'm good enough to work on the mini.

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Default Re: Soldering advice for a newbie - 01-08-2009, 09:41 AM

have done a far bit of soldering myself including SMD stuff, the advice i would give is use a low wattage iron (or even better a temp controlled iron).

Make sure you have a small tip, that what your working on is secure and wont move, have plenty of light and use narrow (.5 or .75mm) lead solder. Using lead-free solder without a temp controlled iron for a beginner will only end in tears.

Copper-cored iron-clad tips can be filed down to make them smaller, but the flux will eat away at the copper very quickly, it will work but dont expect the tip to last long so just see it as a disposable item in this case. The best way really is to buy the right tip in the first place.

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