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Why can't solder stick onto the tip of my iron? [duplicate]

I can't tin the iron properly, because feeding solder onto the tip has it flow downwards and collect into a blob before splitting off and creating a mess. My iron may not be calibrated. And I don't ...
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Soldering iron tip turns black after first use, and won't melt solder [duplicate]

I am a beginner in the field of soldering. Two weeks ago a bought a brand new soldering iron for around $15. The iron had a shiny tip, but after I plugged it in it turned black pretty quickly. ...
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I messed up the tip on my soldering iron. Is there any saving it? [duplicate]

I accidentally left my soldering iron, an XYTronic 258, on all night last night, set to a pretty high temp setting. Today I found that the tip was all oxidized and pitted looking. I tried cleaning it, ...
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Soldering Iron Maintenance

How often should I tin my soldering iron? It doesn't seem to pick up the solder quickly any more; I have to hold it there for 10 seconds before it melts.
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Solder does not stick to tip of soldering iron?

Basic question here, but it's driving me insane! The solder does not seem to stick to the tip of my soldering iron. After the iron heats up, the tip appears black (sometimes on all sides and ...
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Going through Soldering tips quickly

I seem to be going through soldering tips at a breakneck pace. Four or five hourly sessions, and it's corroded all to hell. Does this sound about right, or is there something I should be doing ...
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Soldering Iron Tip Tinning

I recently purchased a new soldering station (Aoyue 936). This is my first relatively good quality soldering tool, so I want to ensure I maintain it properly. My question relates to tinning the tip ...
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Is my butane soldering iron's tip dead? (pic)

I've read the other posts on iron cleaning technique and I'm pretty sure I left it dirty often enough that it's toast, it seems the iron coating on the tip has flaked off completely; since I've got ...
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Recovering Dead Soldering Tip That's Not Tinned

Situation Breakdown I've seen multiple posts regarding this certain topic, but, using all of those posts confirmed answer, the results never showed to be significant, long lasting, or even remotely ...
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What is the proper way to preserve solder iron tips? [duplicate]

My question is should you turn off a solder iron to preserve tip when not in use. I am currently working on a project which requires sometimes a lot of soldering and sometimes occasional soldering to ...