Is your soldering iron stops working as it used to be? And you remember the moments when your soldering iron helped you in joining the wires, roof repairs, and many more. In this article, we will tell you how to clean a soldering iron.
Well, how about taking a few steps instead of just staring at the soldering iron? This article is all about helping you to clean your soldering iron.
Just take a step more and scroll your screen down to see what you can do to make your soldering iron work efficiently. Moreover, you can also get into a process that allows you to make your homemade soldering iron.
How to Make a Homemade Soldering Iron
Soldering iron is common among technical persons, roofers, and jewellers to make joints (binding metal pieces) and to repair roofs. Different soldering irons are used for various purposes.
For instance, the jewellers use a high sliver medium for joining gold and silver (metal). Whereas the electricians use tin medium and roofers use a combination of tin and lead to join two metal plates.
Despite, technical usage of soldering iron, you can use a soldering iron in your home for increasing your creativity. However, if you are thinking to go and spend money to buy soldering iron because your previous one has rusted, then you should take a break first.
As you can make a soldering iron in your home using everyday things such as a pen and pencil. You need to follow the steps given below;
Build Soldering Iron From Pen
Exploring things always tend to be an amazing thing. Despite life hustles, there are several things that you can adapt in your life to become even more skilful. For instance, learn a skill of soldering your broken items.
You will see how interesting it is to make something your own. For this purpose, collect several mentioned things to proceed. After following the procedure, you will be holding a soldering iron. Your first hand made pen soldering iron. Sounds great!
Things You Need
- A pen
- USB cable
- 2A USB adapter
- Common wire
- Nichrome wire
- Thick copper wire
Take a pen and empty its components leaving the outer casing only. Make two parallel holes in the case near the top of the pen. Pass two common wires from the holes towards the back of the pen.
Make the wire ends out of the casing from both ends of a pen, about 1.5″-2″. It will look like an insect’s antennas. Afterwards, place a thin wood stick in pen from the back of the pen and thick copper wire from the tip part.
Make sure a portion of copper wire remains outside the pen. Then close the pen with its tip leaving the thick copper wire out. Check if the two ends of common wires touch the thick copper wire.
Now the crucial part is to join and roll the wires. Hold one common wire and move it around the base of thick copper wire. Take a nichrome wire and roll on the copper wire.
After reaching the tip of the copper wire cut the nichrome wire. Then hold the other common wire and folds it where the nichrome wire ends. The folds should be like a spring with little intervals.
Make sure all the three wires remain connected with each other. Close the base of the pen with the back lid keeping the wires out to insulate the connection between the pen and the adaptor wire use insulating wire.
Place two small pieces of insulated wire on the ends of common wires from the back of the pen. Now make two holes by overlapping the ends of the wire.
Further, take the USB cable and cut its insulating wire, and separate the two copper wires. Then attach each end with the ends of the common wire.
Place the insulating wire over the joints. With the help of lighter join, the insulating wire ends together. It would help if you took a 2A USB adapter because the soldering iron would take up to 10 watts. So, you can plug the adopter and use a soldering iron for any purpose.
Build Soldering Iron with Pencil
Did you have a great experience after knowing about homemade pen soldering iron? Well, now you can even try a simple iron made from the pencil. Just pick the things, and you are about to go.
Things You Need
- A pencil
- Copper wire
- USB cable
- 2A-5A AC adaptor
Take a pencil and cut its lead tip with the blade. Remove the wood covering over the lead up to 2 inches. Now take a copper wire and coil around the base of the lead. Leave some portion of the copper wire to attach with the USB cable.
Remove the insulating wire from the USB cable end. Take a solder wire and join it with the USB cable. Similarly, make a connection between the copper wire and USB cable.
You can use an AC adaptor with ranges from 2A to 5A. Now, plug the adapter and use the soldering iron anywhere.
Build Soldering Iron with Lighter
Another effortless and common to use thing is lighter. If you have experienced a broken circuit board which requires quick fixing. You can adapt a simple procedure to make soldering iron within minutes.
Things You Need
- Metal wire (your preference)
- Insulating tape
Using a lighter for building a solid iron is the easiest way to have a homemade soldering iron. Take a lighter and metal wire. Take tester or any other helping rod to fold the metal wire in the form of a coil.
Then tape the upper part of lighter with tape and place the coiled metal wire over and again tape. Heat the metal wire with lighter flame and melt the solder wire and use it accordingly.
Build Soldering Iron with Battery
You can also try a mini battery soldering iron by collecting
Things You Need
- Battery 3,7V
- Common wire
- Fiberglass sleeving
- Nichrome wire 0,2mm
- Copper wire 2mm
- Piece of Wood
- Antenna transmitter
- 1AA battery case
- On/ off switch
Separate the antenna from anything such as remotes and take only one part. Then take the thick copper wire and measure it around 2 mm and place it in the space within antenna to check. If you want a sharp tip of the copper wire, you can rub it.
Cut the antenna two times more than the copper wire. Now cut the nichrome wire around 10 cm. Wrap the nichrome wire around the small fine wire to make a spiral-shaped.
Now take the copper wires and remove their insulating covering. Cut them into pieces and make intact folds to form a long stick. Fix a spiral nichrome wire at its one end. Then place the copper wire into the Fiberglass sleeving.
Join the sleeving, copper wire, and antenna together. Cut a piece of wood and make a hole in the center with a sliding space. Take another folded copper wire and twist around the sleeve.
Place the three things together inside the hole and fold its one side. Now, put the parts onto the battery case. Cut the battery wires. Fix the wood piece and battery with the help of a glue gun.
Cut extended wires and stick on/off switch. Put the battery inside and start using the soldering iron.
How to Clean a Soldering Iron
Cleaning of soldering iron is necessary because the iron remains heated. Therefore, the chances of oxidation increases plus, the accumulation of deposits such as old solder, carbon, and other metal remains intact.
This deposition will reduce the working capacity of iron. So, every time you use the soldering iron, make sure the tip is clean. You can adapt the following ways;
- A simple way to clean soldering iron is to use a sponge or brass strip to remove deposits of metals. Move the sponge all around the tip and clean.
- Secondly, heat the solder and pour on the tip of the soldering iron and clean it again. The variability of the solder will clean the tip easily. Afterwards, remove excess deposits with the help of a sponge.
- Sometimes the deposits of solder and carbon become hard. In this case, use tip tinner or cleaner. The tip tinner is a mixture of solder and powdered solder with more flux, to use tip tinner to remove hard deposits.
It would help if you heated the iron then roll and rub over the tip tinner. The tip tinner will remove all the residues. Clean with a wet sponge and use your soldering iron over again.
- Lastly, the soldering tips do not work long. They require replacement if you see a hollow opening at the tip also if you do not find any differences after cleaning with a sponge and tip tinner.
How to Make a Soldering Iron with a Screwdriver
Previously, we have seen ways to build soldering iron with simple things at home. You can also make a soldering iron with a screwdriver. Here, a question might hit your head. Why do you still need to learn screwdriver soldering iron?
However, the simple things we used earlier might not last long to work with. Therefore, another common to use but durable element -screwdriver will be a better option.
Moreover, isn’t it sounding good that you can have your homemade soldering iron? You can fix your circuit boards, roof repairing, and little more creativity. A small soldering iron can help you make designs and small crafts with metal.
So you can make your window panels. You might find it challenging to make a screwdriver soldering iron. But, after reading the advantages of soldering iron, you will be excited to make one homemade for yourself and try more of its uses.
Make your hand gloves on because you are just about to do some electrical work. Keep yourself stick to the stepwise procedure to have your soldering iron.
Things You Need
- A screwdriver
- Copper wire
- Power supply cable
- Insulating tape or wire
- Nichrome wire
- Hot glue gun
- Fiberglass sleeving
Take the screwdriver and clean it thoroughly before applying wires. Now pass the screwdriver from the fibre glass sleeving.
Take nichrome wire and coil around the Fiberglass sleeving area on the screwdriver. Place another small part of Fiberglass sleeping near the tip of a screwdriver.
Take the power supply wire and remove the insulating covering two separate ends. Round the two ends on each side of the Fiberglass sleeving.
Now cover the screwdriver with insulating tape as precautionary measures. Also, cover the whole screwdriver with plastic coating.
At the end of the procedure, close the back portion of the screwdriver with insulating tape or a hot glue gun.
Provide power supply to the screwdriver soldering iron. And carry any work you want from your homemade screwdriver soldering iron.
What Kind of Solder for Guitar
After learning how you can make your soldering iron, you might feel it as an exciting working instrument. So if you have a guitar at your home, you can practice using your homemade soldering iron.
Before applying your skill of an operating soldering iron, always make your hand full of information. The process of soldering guitar starts by selecting the right solder.
Solder for Guitar
The solder for guitar work is the flux that is Rosin-Core 60/40. The ratio is to highlight the amount of tin to lead in the flux. The used Rosin core helps binding metal wires even quickly.
Pre Soldering Steps
As mentioned earlier, it is necessary to clean the tip of the iron. So, before using the soldering iron clean its tip with damp sponge. Also, remove free existing solders on the guitar wire, if any. The de-soldering braid can help you get this work done.
Use pliers repeatedly to hold and to save yourself from being hurt. Also, the wire strips and wire cutters will be helpful while doing the soldering.
The foremost step is to prepare the place where you have to make a joint. The guitar components should be stable. Do not try it manually as the soldering requires a steady place. You can use any material which can help you grip the components.
For instance, spring clamp (heat-sink) can hold the wire. It is essential to make a stable station. Because a little motion can cause fractures during the soldering process.
Now use the cleaned stain-free soldering iron with a damp sponge. Then tinning the tip of the iron is better. So, it could provide better heat conduction.
Heat the solder and place over the tip. As you see the smoke quickly removes it. And tap to remove excess. Use any safe container preferred fire-resistant.
And put all the excess metal in the box. Then take it towards the station. Put the heated solder onto the joint. The joint refers to the place where you will join the wire with anything you are soldering.
Now you need to heat the joint. Your primary purpose of soldering should be to heat the place enough that it could melt the solder itself. And now make sure that iron tip doesn’t touch the joint. You will see the solder melting and covering the joint.
After you see the solder fixes the joint. You should remove both soldering iron and the solder. Some of the things might not be susceptible to fracture, such as a pot. However, always tend to practice and take precautionary measures.
As it is of no use to keep the iron on the joint for a long time and experience loss. Therefore, always try to remove the iron away from the station.
- Use a clean stained or deposit free soldering iron.
- Always use a clamp or other holding things to make a study station.
- Preheat the iron and melt the solder on the tip.
- Heat the joint or the place where you want to make a joint.
- Use disposable or de-soldering braid to remove solder instead of removing the whole joint.
So I hope now you know exactly how to clean a soldering iron. The homemade soldering iron is an example of how you can make things your own. Using your skills and applying them to handle your household work. Also, it’s a great way to save money.
Moreover, the cleaning of solitary iron is another important aspect. And you have learned the simple ways to clean your soldering iron within no time. However, soldering irons do not last long.
And negligence will lead to even reduced working time. So, never forget to clean your iron after every time you use it. Lastly, you can adopt the ways you learned and practice to gain more expertise in operating the soldering iron.
Repair your guitar components, repair your roof, joined your circuit board, and make yours on window designs and mosaics.