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    Re: FYI

    Finally we get to discuss current events on this forum! Thank you and don't tell Basil!
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    Re: FYI

    Looking at that photo, the solder appears to be more appropriate for plumbing work! Instrument/electronics solder is MUCH thinner. As for what they call a soldering "iron"... I was taught that size tool is a soldering pencil. An "iron" looks more like what was put into a flame and weighed about a pound at its end. More for doing lead bodywork than fine electronics.
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    Re: FYI

    Amazes me that we still use a 5000 year old technique on 21st century electronics. The heat source has change from fire to electrical resistance, but the result is the same.

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    Re: FYI

    Scale is a bit different as well.
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    Re: FYI

    I have one of these out in the shed, works great.
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    Re: FYI

    Rather than relying on a computer, I've a Variac for temp control with a couple Unger soldering pencils for small electronics work. And a couple Weller guns for heavier automotive stuff. One of the Wellers is older than I am!
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    Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    I have one of these out in the shed, works great.
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    Not for use on micro-chips!
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    Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    One of the Wellers is older than I am!
    they had electricity then?
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    Re: FYI

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    they had electricity then?
    Not sure. But it looks like a Buck Rogers ray gun and has a kite with a key attached.
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    Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    Not sure. But it looks like a Buck Rogers ray gun and has a kite with a key attached.
    ah, makes sense!
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    Cool Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    ... As for what they call a soldering "iron"... I was taught that size tool is a soldering pencil. ....
    Can't disagree with the logic.

    But since every manufacturer of them, Weller, Hakko, Pace, etc, etc,... calls them irons, I'll stick with the convention.



    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    .... An "iron" looks more like what was put into a flame and weighed about a pound at its end. More for doing lead bodywork than fine electronics.
    We had those in jr. high metal shop. They had their own little furnace, separate from the one we used for forging, to heat them up. Used them for soldering in sheet metal fab.

    If anybody called them soldering irons the instructor would rant at them because the heads on the ones we had were made of copper. He insisted we call them soldering coppers.

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    Re: FYI

    The iron vs pencil thing, and the iron vs copper thing, remind me of another inherited term.

    "On tonight's news, we'll show some footage of the race at Wimbledon."

    But if it's digital - it isn't footage! (it's tracks or minutes?)
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    Re: FYI

    And Channel Locks are a brand.

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    Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by GregW View Post
    And Channel Locks are a brand.
    A brand? How long do you hold the branding iron in the fire?

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    Re: FYI

    Hey buddy, can you hold this for a sec?

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    Cool Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    The iron vs pencil thing, and the iron vs copper thing.....
    To me it's like the motor vs. engine thing. Whichever you use everybody knows what you're talking about. So it's pointless to get into a heated debate.


    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    ... remind me of another inherited term.

    "On tonight's news, we'll show some footage of the race at Wimbledon."

    But if it's digital - it isn't footage! (it's tracks or minutes?)
    You can still use "film at eleven!"

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    Cool Re: FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by GregW View Post
    Hey buddy, can you hold this for a sec?

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    Re: FYI

    I haven't seen Kung Fu in a day or two now.
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