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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Smitty Two, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. Smitty Two

    Smitty Two Guest

    I work in manufacturing, not repair, and keep the human robots supplied
    with .015, .020, .025, .031, .040, and .050 diameter solder. The range
    of things we work on makes having a broad selection helpful. But I
    wonder what repair techs use most frequently? (If I could only have one
    size, I'd go with the .025 I think.) Also I assume you guys on the other
    side of the ditch are using metric sizes?
  2. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    I use almost exclusively 0.7mm for general repair work. I also have a reel
    of 0.5mm for surface mount work, and some 1mm for 'heavy' work

  3. Yes. My home made dispenser has 1.2, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5mm and 0.9 is the most
    used one. But I do little SM stuff.
  4. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    I just buy the smallest stuff I can find, it's the same cost per pound
    generally. Somewhere I have a roll of heavier stuff for big connections but
    usually I'm too lazy to go dig it out and just feed in a bunch of thin
  5. In the UK the most common size for leaded is 1.2mm and it's vastly cheaper
    than the smaller sizes. One quick comparison gives a 500 gm reel of 1.2 at
    12.70 gbp, and a 500gm reel of 0.6 at 32.25, from the same maker
  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Blimey Dave ! I haven't used anything as thick of 1.2mm in about 20 years !
    Even the 1mm that I have feels like you're soldering with welding rod !

  7. Smitty Two

    Smitty Two Guest

    That sounds about right, then, now that I've translated them into
    meaningful U.S. style numbers.
  8. Yes - same here. But the fact remains it's much cheaper.
  9. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    That's prob'ly coz they can't shift it !

  10. It's the most commonly sold size. You'll find it on sale in most DIY
    places - but very unlikely to find the thinner stuff there.
  11. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Are you sure that's not acid core plumbing solder?
  12. No. I take it you don't solder plumbing much either - that is usually 3mm

    1.2mm (actually 1.219) is 18 swg and the most commonly available size -
    it's the only size the likes of Draper sell. Of course a decent
    electronics supplier will have a range of sizes. But that wasn't my point.
  13. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    I do quite a bit of plumbing, I've never measured the solder though and
    while I'm no stranger to metric, it's not as ingrained in my mind as
    imperial measurements. It's just been a while since I've seen any
    electronics solder as big as 1.2mm, even Ripoff Shack has it in smaller
  14. Heh heh - swg or awg etc doesn't mean much to me either. Mains cable sizes
    in the UK have been listed by cross sectional area in mm² for some time,
    and I can just about recognise them.
  15. GregS

    GregS Guest

    Same here.
    I buy the lower temperature stuff. 66/44

  16. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Today, I added another useful little item to my arsenal of soldering tackle.
    It is tip re-tinner. Basically, it is a small 'cake' of quote "electronics
    grade solder powder and chemicals" set in a little tin, with a stickypad on
    the bottom to stick it to the bench - or in my case, on top of the Weller
    desoldering station. All of my irons are on all of the time ready to just
    snatch up and use as needed. The downside of this is that if they are not
    used for a couple of days, the tip oxidises up enough to make retinning a
    little difficult. Well, I don't know what the "chemicals" are in this little
    cake, but the lightest stroke of an oxidised tip across its surface, and it
    is gleaming again with perfect tin. Just happened to see it advertised on
    the front of a flyer that one of my suppliers sent me, and as I was
    ordering, thought I'd get some. Glad I did. It's certainly something that I
    won't be without in the future.


  17. Thats 110 %

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  18. "Yes friends, Whizzo Butter, with 10% More or Less, is absolutely
    indistinguishable from a dead crab!"

    (For those of you scratching your heads over this one, two words:
    Monty Python).

  19. Leave it out in the hot Florida sun for a few days. Then the smell
    will tell! ;-)

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  20. bz

    bz Guest

    That's why it costs more. :)

    bz 73 de N5BZ k

    please pardon my infinite ignorance, the set-of-things-I-do-not-know is an
    infinite set.

    remove ch100-5 to avoid spam trap
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