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The Artful Solderer™

Photos, Illustrations,
Quick Chapters™, Index
ISBN 0-9171307-0-9
© Copyright 2002

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The <em>Artful</em> Solderer™

The Artful Solderer™ by Lee Tingler is an extensive guide & how  to on soldering and soldering technique relevant to anyone from circuit designer, RC or HAM hobbyist, student to audiophile. It is printed on Yupo synthetic paper which is waterproof so if you spill your coffee on it, just rinse and dry. The book highly tear resistant for tough, on the road use. Edited by Rick Chinn. Endorsed by Rick Loconto, engineer, WPBT, Channel 2, PBS, Miami; and by Bill Porter, Captain Audio Productions, engineer to the stars including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ann Margret, and former Professor at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

“It’s difficult enough to do your job well, and all too seldom we find an aid available to help make it easier. However, prepare to be both surprised and pleased over the latest technical manual from Tingler Innovations, The Artful Solderer™. Lee Tingler gives exacting, step-by-step instructions that enable the professional, amateur and student alike to do a more efficient job of soldering.

It’s with both confidence and pride in a former student that I wholeheartedly recommend The Artful Solderer™ as a ‘must’ read for everyone serious about making good solder joints in all their projects.”

Bill Porter

The Artful Solderer™ by Lee Tingler covers in Quick Chapters™:
  • Thoughts on craftsmanship
  • Safety Practices
  • Choosing your tools
  • Soldering irons and stations
  • Wire connection prep
  • Solder types and temps
  • Making great connections
  • HVAC vs. temperature
  • Splices
  • Oxidation
  • Problem solving

Above is a partial list of over 20 subjects covered in a cool and concise manner.

The Artful Solderer

Below is an excerpt from The Artful Solderer™.

Solder or Bubble Gum?

Both can hold a connection together. Solder is generally more accepted. Whichever you use, proper technique is a must.

  1. Wipe the tip on a damp sponge to remove any crud. Do this as you bring the soldering iron from its holder to the connection.
  2. Heat the entire connection, not just the wire. Use the flat of the tip held against the connection to maximize the surface area of the portion of the tip that heats the connection. Doing this helps avoid cold solder joints as well as quickly raising the temperature of the connection to proper soldering temperature.
  3. As the tip contacts the work, insert the solder between the tip and the connection and allow a small quantity to melt on the tip and the connection. Remove the solder. Doing this speeds up the transfer of heat from the tip to the connection.
  4. As soon as the initially applied solder melts, feed enough additional solder into the solder joint to make the final connection. Apply only enough solder to fill the hole in the cut, post, terminal, or circuit board pad. There should be enough solder to cover the connection while still showing some of the contours of the connection.
  5. Do no disturb (move) the connection while it cools. If the finished connection has a grainy or frosty look, most likely you disturbed the wire as the solder cooled. Reheat the connection and let it cool undisturbed.
  6. Use the second 1 – 2 – 3 method. ONE – Apply heat to the work surface. Use a small amount of solder to facilitate this process. TWO – Apply the solder to the surface of the work to complete the connection. THREE – Let the connection cool without moving the wire or part.