Monthly Archives: January 2013

Introduction to Soldering

Soldering is the process of mechanically and electrically binding together two or more metal components through the introduction of an additional metal alloy, that is applied in a molten state. Plainly stated, it is metallic hot glue! Effective soldering requires good heat transfer from the iron to the components to be soldered. Any kind of contamination, corrosion or oxidization – either on the irons’ tip or on the components to be soldered, introduces “thermal resistance” into the process, making the task more difficult (if not impossible) – and time consuming. Remember – the longer heat is applied, the greater the risk of heat damage to to the wire or component, so it’s important to get the job wrapped up quickly. Copper, steel, silver and gold can be easily soldered. For all practical purposes, aluminum , Iron and stainless steel cannot
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