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  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Oooooh. Thanks.
    *Heads off to rummage about the internet.*

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Nice one, thanks.

    It appears to be 60/40 0.7mm wire so yes it is likely to be ok

    Enjoy

    How do you know that?
    I get the 0.7mm from the 22SWG.
    But the 60k = 60/40 does it?

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    This one confuses me.
    Anyone know if it is for electronics please?
    I can’t find info on the words.

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  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    OK, I appreciate all the input.
    Can I ask another question?
    What have I got?

    I have picked stuff up on my travels blah blah blah…

    So, to start with, I have some of this cheap stuff. I guess we don’t know what it is.
    So it is ‘solder’ and that is about as good as it gets, right?

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  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    I got soul but I’m not a solderer.

    You a soulderer?

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    The solder sucker is an art form it seems.
    I reckon that will take more practice than my soldering.

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    Well, nor did I.
    Then I wanted to get some flux.
    Someone said ‘make sure it matches the solder core or it can make a terrible mess”…..

    ……. “Huh?”

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    You are fixing electronics so any solder for electronics will do you fine

    It won’t be a mess because you are cleaning off the old solder with a solder pump

    I rarely use additional flux and when I do it has never caused a mess

    Buy whichever solder you can find at a price you are willing to pay. Think of it like bike chains. At the very top e…

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  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    Is there a way to test/determine if solder is lead free? I’ve got a big coil of unidentified stuff (too thin for my liking). It’s old but couldn’t say if 10 or 20 years.

    I am pretty sure that the answer to that is no.
    I have asked the same question.
    Sort of got no answer to it.
    So I am pretty sure that it is a no.
    Which is why I am think…[Read more]

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    Use lead free if soldering new components – the modern ones are pretty good and easy to use. Anything around 0.6mm will be fine for discrete electronics.

    I do appreciate the advice.
    But now I have been told ‘get leaded’ and ‘get lead free’ 🙂
    Not really a compromise there is there.

    You’re asking for trouble if you try using leaded solder to…

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  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    As someone who teaches 11 year olds to solder, any old multicore will do, but lead free is a bit more fiddly. We use boggo Rapid stuff from Rapid, recently switched from leaded to lead-free. Only real difference is lead-free has a higher melting point, so if you’re using a small tip (stores less heat), it can take a little longer to get a good j…

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  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    If 63/37 is what’s available, it’ll do fine.

    Well, it isn’t what is available, it is what I was specifically suggested to get.
    As being ideal. So I thought, why not.
    There are thousands of options, I need to get one.
    I don’t know what the relevance of all of the various ratios of metals/% of flux/R,RMA,RA/different types of met…[Read more]

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    Never worried too much about ventilation for hobby stuff, I spent most of my adolescence breathing lead fumes.

    Are you sure it doesn’t show 🙂

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    (I have forgotten how to quote)

    “i’d buy a 60/40 from multicore as that seems more available in the uk.”

    Yes, I have seen multicore about.
    So, you don’t reckon 63/37 is any better?
    Since I started looking about, a lot of people seem to say it is.
    (Is that the one that goes off quicker and so less chance of it moving while wet?)
    Which is why i t…[Read more]

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    So, I am just trying to work out what to buy really, of the thousands of things that exist.
    Is everyone saying that 63/37 RMA by either Kester, AIM, Multicore and Alphametals is the wrong thing to buy?

    What do you all suggest instead?

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    “Most important is learning how to get everything to the right temp at the righ time so you don’t end up with ‘dry’ joints that look like they are ok but in fact are likely not to last”
    Agreed.
    But doesn’t decent (the right) solder make good joints easier than using the wrong solder?
    I picked up a half decent soldering station.

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    “definately overthinking it. I believe that tin/lead might be slightly easier that the newer lead frees but I’m not 100% sure. In any case you aren’t doing vast amounts so I would just pick what is available in whatever size you need. Just start with something in the middle, say 0.7 and work from there. When I used to do massive amounts of sol…[Read more]

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    Well, I don’t know how to over think it. I don’t know anything, so I can’t overthink it.
    I don’t know what is bad and what is good so I thought i would go with what is recommended.
    This was suggested as the best stuff, so I thought i might as well get the better stuff.

    Given as I would like to do more and more, I thought i might as well get…[Read more]

  • grarea replied to the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    A good question.
    All sorts really.
    Mostly electronics I think.
    So far I have fixed a digital kitchen timer, desoldered and resoldered an electric toothbrush, done a couple of cheap soldering kits, I have the parts to put together a pc keyboard so diodes and switches, I have a plan to put something together that will text my son when the doorbell…[Read more]

  • grarea started the topic Any soldererers about? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    I just started soldering and have a random selection of solder.
    I thought I would sell that and pick some up that I know what it is.

    It has been my experience it is generally worth getting half decent stuff.

    So, I asked a guy. But he is in the states.
    Sounds like he knows what he is talking about.

    He suggests:
    63/37
    With RMA flux…[Read more]