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Old 7th August 2019
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Weird Soldering Tools

Am I the only one who uses strange tools when soldering? I use clothespins, Japanese eyebrow scissors, tweezers, those little springy-clamps that are actually mega paper clips, locking forceps, Play-Doh...
Old 8th August 2019
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I‘m using an electric toothbrush for cleaning pcbs (flux removing)!
Old 8th August 2019
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And toothpicks, paperclips, makeup sponges, nail cutters...
Old 12th August 2019
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I use an otoscope to inspect PCB's and small parts.

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Old 12th August 2019
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Not sure if that's weird, but I am using masking tape a lot.
Old 12th August 2019
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Only weird tool I have is a block of wood with holes drilled in it for soldering various audio connectors.
Old 22nd August 2019
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I recently bought a QuadHands tool. Highly recommended!
Old 22nd August 2019
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I recently bought a QuadHands tool. Highly recommended!
Cool. And they make a Quint for when mere Quad won't cut it.
Old 22nd August 2019
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Ben Heck (amazing maker on YT) always says his most used tool is a pair of tweezers. He does phenomenal work!
Old 14th February 2020
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I‘m using an electric toothbrush for cleaning pcbs (flux removing)!
This idea was beyond my imagination till now.
Old 14th February 2020
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I always have a naked utility knife blade to hand, a bit blunt preferably.
Cotton buds.
Matches for filling holes.
Old 16th February 2020
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My guitar preamp turned into a ball of components that needed a hot glue gun to stay right
Old 18th February 2020
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My guitar preamp turned into a ball of components that needed a hot glue gun to stay right
Reminds me of a design engineer I used to work with in the 1990s. He did a 3d breadboard of a very complex circuit by soldering hundreds of leaded parts into a basketball sized sphere. It was a digitally controlled dimmer for florescent tubes, so it had voltages around 1000 to 1500 volts exposed. We just gave him an entire lab bench and stayed the hell away from it. BTW, the design was a great success.

Back on-topic:
My soldering tool collection includes a huge number of precision tweezers, spring loaded tweezers, a variety of hemostats, a set of needle probes down to 1 micron, a 10x-80x binocular microscope, a couple of machinists vices, a pin vice, a variety of flux types, 3 different soldering pencils/guns, and a bunch more I can't recall off the top of my head. It was collected over a 30 year period for my day job (electronics R&D for an aerospace company), and now it's in my studio workbench.
Old 22nd February 2020
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Great unit for soldering https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Works well and is very reasonably priced.
Old 22nd February 2020
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I built several small vises for specific parts, most larger vises the jaws are too big and get in the way, esp if I need to get all the way around a part..
Being small allows me to put the vise a few inches within the main PCB..
I also made specific jaws that are interchangeable..
Could not do some things with out them..
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Old 22nd February 2020
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Originally Posted by David Kulka View Post
I use an otoscope to inspect PCB's and small parts.
Wow. I use two magnifiers for really close inspections..
This is one of the problems with "ON-Site" tech work, taking ALL the good tools is a pain..
Old 22nd February 2020
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Great unit for soldering https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Works well and is very reasonably priced.
That doesn't look very stout, I want something that does NOT move easily, if at all..
Old 22nd February 2020
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Great unit for soldering https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Works well and is very reasonably priced.
That doesn't look very stout, I want something that does NOT move easily, if at all..

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