Soldering School

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by rcline, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. rcline

    rcline Member

    After haven spoken with N-Gauger, I am going to start a thread called "The Solder Shop". I am D.O.D. certified in what is called HI-REL Soldering which consists of all types of soldering, such as soldering on every thing from componets to wires and printed circuet boards. I am going to TRY to make new additions at least once a week and more if I can. I ask that you do NOT respond to the solder shop. I will start a second thread which we call "The Solder Shop-Q/A". Under this thread I will answer all your questions, (the best I can) about soldering and will also try to give you all the help that I can. I will also include photos of soldering tips and tricks that I feel everyone will benefit from.
    Some of the things that I'll cover will be:
    Purpose of soldering
    Forms of solder
    Physical states of solder
    Eutectic solder
    Metals and Alloys
    Working temperatures of solder
    Flux- Purpose, Classes, Types, Forms and properties
    Flux action theory
    Abietic Acids

    I would like to thank N-Gauger for his time and concern in this matter.
    I did give a little info in "All model Railroads" forum the other day under the post of "What size soldering iron" that someone had asked about.

    I would also like to thank Iron Goat for his fine question that he brought up right off the get-go.

    Randy Cline
  2. robt46

    robt46 Member

    Hey thanks Randy. This is great. Can't wait till you start. You have my full attention. Robt.
  3. Injector

    Injector New Member

    Seems like an awful lot of learning just to do some simple soldering of train tracks? Don't you just flux it, heat it, and melt it? I don't need to know about bits and bytes and computer theory to post here either.
  4. Sempak

    Sempak Member

    If you aren't interested you dont have to read it...

    Isn't this the kind of thing we put in the academy? Or can that only happen when its finished because posts can't be replied to?
  5. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    just keep it simple if you go to indepth it will go over most readers heads.
  6. rcline

    rcline Member

    [​IMG] The Future of the Academy
    The direction we wish to take the Academy into the future:

    The two purposes of the Academy are to teach and inform.

    Teaching skills will be the most important feature.
    Teaching is to be gained through step by step instructions with diagrams or photographs as needed, with no distractions. Modelers should be able to print out the thread and follow directions to create something for themselves whether it is making structures or scenery or gaining photographic or electronic skills and other layout help such as track laying, wiring, layout construction and whatever else may come up.
    The method of deciding what should go into the Academy should follow these steps:
  7. seanm

    seanm Member

    I am all for it iven if it is over my head!! Lots of things are, but I can usually get a few good usefull chunks of data out of any tutorial.
  8. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member


    I have always just "heated it, melt it" and somehow managed to get it to work. HOWEVER, tell me how to flux, what kind of flux, and how to melt, 'cause I need it. But for sure, do keep it simple. Some of us do have simple minds.

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