Chapter 1. Getting the Workspace Ready

Before you can start soldering, you need to get your iron ready. This involves a few steps. First, you’ll have to attach the tip to the soldering iron. Then, you’ll need to prepare the station: make sure your sponge is moistened, set the temperature, and “tin” the tip by applying some solder to it.

At the end of this chapter, your soldering iron will be assembled, clean, and hot enough to begin soldering.

Solder contains harmful chemicals. Wash your hands after soldering as well as after handling solder or the solder station sponge. Though it may be tempting to snack while you’re working, keep any food or drink away from your soldering area.

1: Attach the Tip

Locate the soldering iron (make sure it’s unplugged ...

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