"Cold heat" soldering?

From: Philip Pemberton <philpem_at_dsl.pipex.com>
Date: Wed Jan 12 12:57:10 2005

In message <200501121731.JAA02808_at_clulw009.amd.com>
          "Dwight K. Elvey" <dwight.elvey_at_amd.com> wrote:

> It is mostly learning to not reach for it when it is
> falling. You should jsut let it fall.

It wasn't falling - it was laying on a desk. I picked it up, but I picked up
the wrong end. Sizzle sizzle...
Now I've got a solder station - unfortunately dropping the iron tends to drag
the solder station with it, until the DIN plug pops out, at which point the
iron plummets to the floor, usually landing tip-first. That does not do much
good for the heating element...

I've had soldering irons burn out due to the quantities of burnt flux and
such that accumulate on the element after a while. The element gets insanely
hot, then the ceramic element shatters. Thankfully my solder station seems to
be a little more resistant to that sort of damage. %DEITY knows what would
happen if the sensor went dead-short though...

Phil.                              | Acorn Risc PC600 Mk3, SA202, 64MB, 6GB,
philpem_at_philpem.me.uk              | ViewFinder, 10BaseT Ethernet, 2-slice,
http://www.philpem.me.uk/          | 48xCD, ARCINv6c IDE, SCSI
... I've got 256K of RAM, so why can't I run Windows 3.1?
Received on Wed Jan 12 2005 - 12:57:10 GMT

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