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Soldering is the metallurgic process used to fix electronic components to a PCB. Soldering can be done by hand or automatic. PTH boards were usually wave soldered, SMT uses reflow technology.

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didn't depend on it. But for roommate during crazy weekend? Eh, it works. Real answer: Really, though, its a bad habit used by lazy people who need to improve their soldering techniques... Don't do what I did. …
answered Jun 24 '10 by J. Polfer
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On smaller, thin wires, simply applying heat from the iron will delaminate (ie, remove insulation from) the wire. I've done this (by accident - creates interesting situations in a wiring harness if y …
answered Dec 3 '10 by J. Polfer
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clean your board (although I do know that after soldering yellow gunk can be left behind, and I suspect this is a flux by-product). I also know that you should avoid solder with an acidic core for … electronics work, as that is for pipes + household plumbing. The wikipedia page for soldering classifies many of the different types of fluxes, most of which require cleaning: R (non-activated …
asked May 3 '10 by J. Polfer