[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East Clinic kudos

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun May 1 17:10:30 UTC 2022

On 5/1/22 13:07, Neil Cherry via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> Did someone just goof around and see how much fresh solder they could 
>>> suck
>>> up into the thing?
>> Heh, Crawford is just picking on himself, he hadn't used a Hakko 
>> before and didn't know you try to keep the tip (metallic/flux) dry -- 
>> that's why they recommend the brass wool cleaner, it scrapes it clean. 
>> He dunked the tip in flux as one does with a soldering iron, to clean 
>> it. The Hakko runs at 750 *F and basically instantly carbonized it 
>> into a plug. Fortunately, CDL has a numbers drill set and we used one 
>> of the little ones to clean it out. As luck would have it, the proper 
>> tool for that (a small drill in a pin vise) got left at the shop!

   Nonono, not the super-fine stuff that destroys datacenters.  The 
stuff he's talking about is very coarse and generally doesn't turn into 
electronics-destroying dust.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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