Suggestions for VT103?

Doc Shipley doc at
Sun Dec 28 21:53:23 CST 2008

Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Ethan Dicks wrote:
>> What you are after is rosin-core lead-based solder around 60/40 or
>> 63/37 tin/lead, with a diameter around 0.5mm (.020") to 0.8mm (.032").
> I highly recommend 63/37 over 60/40.  I find it easer to work with.

   I had the dubious distinction of being a "Certified Solder Operator" 
for TI's Lubbock, TX plant (in, what, '82?).  Although the training I 
got there spoiled me forever in some ways, it's been invaluable over the 

   One of the things that stuck was the "true purpose" of eutectic 
solder.  We always used 60/40 for original or initial soldering, and 
eutectic for repairs or "oversolders".  If you have a good iron and a 
good eye (or, these days, good Optivisor), the flow-point difference 
allows doing new work without disturbing old joints.


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