[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East Clinic kudos

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun May 1 17:34:32 UTC 2022

On 5/1/22 13:25, Neil Cherry wrote:
>>    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.
> I hate the brass wool for our soldering irons. Much more partial to use
> of a sponge. I've seen too many folks wipe the snot of their soldering
> iron down to the copper inside (3 to get to the inside of a tootsie pop).
> Sorry I don't like abrasives on my soldering iron tips. I also don't like
> using the tip to melt anything other than solder. I use the barrel for
> heat shrink.
> For the desoldering iron the wool might be okay.
> And yes, always need to clean a desoldering iron (disassemble). Solder
> suckers also need to be cleaned out.

   Ah ok, I thought you were reacting to the "wool" part of it.

   I share your opinions here; I've always been a sponge man.  I worry 
about the brass stuff damaging the plating on my tips.

   However, the brass stuff is trusted by many people whose opinions I 
value, so I've occasionally considered giving it a try.

   I use a hot air soldering station for heat shrink tubing.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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