when soldering irons go bad
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Thu May 28 22:04:37 CDT 2009
On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM, John Foust <jfoust at threedee.com> wrote:
> At 04:55 PM 5/28/2009, Dave McGuire wrote:
>> I didn't think anything could be better than my trusty Weller,
>>until I tried the Metcal.
> Looks Metcals go for $100-200 on eBay. Is that expensive?
That's not _too_ bad, but how many and what kind of tips do you get at
$100 and one tip would be OK, but I remember prices with an assortment
of tips being closer to $300. Perhaps one side of the supply/demand
equation is more favorable to the buyer now.
> As a teen in the late 70s, I once tried to assemble a mail-order
> electronics kit but it wouldn't work... I sent it back to the
> company for diagnosis and was stung by the hand-written criticism
> that "it looks like it was soldered with a hot brick."
I still have a couple of projects I assembled in the late 1970s as a
teen... I used a cheap RatShack pencil iron - they _do_ look like they
were assembled with a hot brick. One is a TVT 6-5/8. I keep meaning
to clean that one up but haven't found the time to do it.
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