As promised/threatened in TD2253's excellent motorized rangefinder thread, I've started putting together a tutorial on soldering for those folks who find themselves .
This will be an ongoing project as I find time to sit, write, and find or take good example photos. The only thing I have finished right this moment is the "Safety" portion, but since there's always time for safety (right? RIGHT?) I'll go ahead and post that while I continue work on some tool information.
Feel free to jump right in and ask questions if you want - even if it's something I'm going to cover in a tutorial installment, I'll gladly answer anything I can. Along with that, I do not consider myself infallible or all-knowing by any stretch, so if anyone else wants to chime in and answer questions I welcome and encourage you to do so.
Soldering 101, or "So, you'd like to burn your fingerprints off!"
Many people view soldering as a mysterious art, practiced and mastered only by pasty basement-dwelling nerds surrounded by hundreds of pounds of electronic equipment and empty Mountain Dew bottles. While true to a certain extent, these conditions are certainly not a prerequisite to becoming an accomplished solderer. Er. Solderererr. Whatever.
Rumor has it that many species of monkeys have, in fact, been taught to solder with proper instruction and ample practice time. You're not going to let a trained monkey make you look like an untrained monkey, are you? Of course you're not, so let's get started!
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