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Lesson 14 Soldering. What is soldering?. Soldering is a method of applying an alloy, of lower melting point, to join metal parts together. Soldering can be performed in a number of ways, Using: Electric soldering iron or brazing torch.

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Lesson 14 soldering

Lesson 14


Lesson 14 soldering

What is soldering?

  • Soldering is a method of applying an alloy, of lower melting point, to join metal parts together.

  • Soldering can be performed in a number of ways,

  • Using: Electric soldering iron or brazing torch.

  • Soldering wire is an alloy of Tin and Lead (60% 40%).

  • A Flux is usually used to assist in the joining process.

  • The purpose of the flux is to clean the surface.

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Why use soldering?

making a sound electrical and mechanical joint.

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Soldering Iron.

Mains powered soldering irons. These consist of a handle onto which is mounted the heating element. On the end of the heating element is what is known as the "bit", so called because it is the bit that heats the joint up. Solder melts at around 190 degrees Centigrade, and the bit reaches a temperature of over 250 degrees Centigrade. This temperature is plenty hot enough to inflict a nasty burn.

It is also easy to burn through the PVC insulation on the soldering iron lead if you were to lay the hot bit on it.

The soldering iron must be placed into the specially designed stand, when not in use.

These usually incorporate a sponge for keeping the bit clean.

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The secret to a good soldered joint

  • Cleanliness

  • Temperature

  • Time

  • Solder coverage

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  • Summary of making the perfect solder joint

    • All parts must be clean and free from dirt and grease.

    • Try to secure the work firmly.

    • "Tin" the iron tip with a small amount of solder.

    • Clean the tip of the hot soldering iron on a damp sponge.

    • Heat all parts of the joint with the iron for a few seconds.

    • Continue heating, then apply solder.

    • Remove and return the iron safely to its stand.

    • Do not move parts until the solder has cooled.

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  • First Aid

    • Immediately cool the affected area with cold running water, ice, or even frozen peas, for ten minutes.

    • Remove any rings etc. before swelling starts.

    • Apply a sterile dressing to protect against infection.

    • Do not apply lotions, ointments etc.

    • Seek professional medical advice where necessary.

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The perfectly soldered joint will be nice and shiny looking


Firstly, all parts - including the iron tip itself - must be clean and free fromcontamination.

Solder just will not take to dirty parts.


The next step to successful soldering is to ensure that the temperature of all the parts is roughly the same level before applying solder.

The melting point of most solder is in the region of 188°C (370°F) and the iron tip temperature is typically 330-350°C (626°-662°F).


The joint should be heated with the bit for just the right amount of time

The heating period depends on the temperature of your iron and size of the joint - and larger parts need more heat than smaller ones - but some parts (semiconductor diodes, transistors and i.c.s), are sensitive to heat and should not be heated for more than a few seconds.

Solder Coverage

The final key to a successful solder joint is to apply an appropriate amount of solder. Too much solder is an unnecessary waste and may cause short circuits with adjacent joints. Too little and it may not support the component properly, or may not fully form a working joint.