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Soldering is a process in which two or more items are joined together by melting and putting a filler metal (solder) into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the adjoining metal.

The Cline Library MakerLab has two soldering stations available for walk-in use on a first-come, first-served basis. All soldering equipment must remain in the MakerLab. These are located in the lower drawer of the MakerLab's tool bench during library hours. 

Soldering Safety

Soldering Iron

  • Never touch the element of the soldering iron. They can reach 400°C!
  • Hold wires to be heated with tweezers or clamps.
  • Keep the cleaning sponge wet during use.
  • Always return the soldering iron to its stand when not in use. Never put it down on the workbench.
  • Turn unit off and unplug when not in use.

Solder, Flux, and Cleaners

  • Always wear eye protection. Solder can “spit”.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after soldering.

Electrical Safety

  • Do not use soldering irons that have obvious damage to body, cable or plug.
  • Keep the soldering station free of electrical cables to prevent damage from the heated tip.
  • Use a grounded outlet and grounding prong if a short circuit is a possibility.

Fire Prevention

  • Work on a fire-proof or fire resistant surface.
  • Wear fire resistant clothing (e.g. 100% cotton) that covers your arms and legs to prevent accidental burns.
  • Know where your nearest fire extinguisher is and how to use it.

First Aid

  • Immediate place any burns under cold water for 15 minutes.
  • Report to a first aider if deep or extensive otherwise protect with a plaster (band-aid).


  • Collect waste solder in a lidded container.  Replace lid when not in use.
  • Label appropriately and dispose of as hazardous waste.
  • Used solder sponges and contaminated rags should be placed in a sealable bag for disposal as hazardous waste.

Training Resources

Tutorial Videos