How to Solder: Great Tips on Soldering for Beginners

Learn the basics of soldering to help with projects around the farm.

Clean Bit
No matter how the bit is heated, it must be kept clean. The dirty-looking, oxide-covered specimen won’t transfer heat properly and brings contamination to the joint. File it or wire brush it, then keep it wholesome during work by wiping it on a damp cloth.  Any bit must be tinned before use: fluxed, covered with a thin coat of fresh solder and refluxed to leave it shining silver (next photo).  
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