How to Solder Safely
Posted: March 27, 2023
Soldering is a process of joining two metal surfaces together using a low-melting-point metal alloy called solder. It's a fundamental skill used in various areas including electronics, plumbing, and jewelry making. Here's a soldering how to / beginner's guide to soldering:
What you need to solder:
- Soldering iron
- Cleaning sponge
- Helping hands or a third hand tool (optional)
- Wire cutters/strippers
- Adequate ventilation equipment and protective eyewear
- Clean the surface: Ensure the metal surfaces you want to join are clean and free of rust, oil, or dirt. Use sandpaper or a wire brush to clean them up.
- If you plan to use a heat shrink tube to protect the soldered joint when you are finished, do not forget to place it on one of the wires you plan to solder, before you solder. Otherwise, you could have to break and re-solder the joint again!