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.
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.
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.
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.
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.