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Technical Soldering Irons and Stuff

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blowby, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,656

    from Nicasio Ca

    A friend got this soldering stuff from his neighbor that passed on and gave it to me. I'm guessing he wasn't soldering wiring... Could it be used on a radiator? What about 'bearing solder'? What's the round resistor thing for?How about that long bar at the bottom, what's that? IMG_20200702_165404.jpg
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  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 6,521

    from Oregon

    Is the long flat bar , lead?
  3. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,179


    Your friends late neighbor was probably pretty cool.

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  4. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 2,101

    from New York

    Bearing solder is rosin core, lead free solder used for electric circuits and has a touch of silver in it. I think the irons might be a tad small for radiator repair.

  5. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,007

    from norcal

    Tin knocker?
  6. Phil P
    Joined: Jan 1, 2018
    Posts: 427

    Phil P

    The long bar has 50/50 on it so it's probably solder, 50% tin, 50% lead.

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  7. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 3,597

    rusty valley

    i always buy solder at garage sales, its the good stuff not the fake thing they sell at the store now
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  8. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,656

    from Nicasio Ca

    Thanks guys. I don't know what the guy did for a living. What would be the advantage of the large irons over a torch? Yeah that bar says 50/50.
  9. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 6,027

    from Berry, AL

    Might have been a plumber. Acid core solder for copper pipe.
  10. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,246


    That Wells Thermo sealer looks something like carpet layers use to glue the seams.
  11. 30dodge
    Joined: Jan 3, 2007
    Posts: 498

    from Pahrump nv

    The white ceramic thing with the wire coil is a heating element like a hot plate. Cast iron pots or ladles filed with what ever lower temp metal would sit on it.
  12. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,607

    big duece
    from kansas

    Stain glass artist??
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  13. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 4,280


    ^^^^ that’s what I was thinking, stained glass, leaded glass work. I did stained glass for a while and my soldering irons look like those. Not quite big enough to do radiator work except small holes in single tubes.

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  14. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 52,787


    heat sealing iron is used for covering model airplanes (R/C).

    Nice assortment of soldering stuff, my guess is he did several different things.
  15. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 4,625


    Look at the price of a roll of solder today, I think you’ll be surprised.
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  16. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,656

    from Nicasio Ca

    Reminds me, years ago there was a nice old Ford pickup around here that had stained glass rear window. Looked really nice, probably couldn't see much out of it though.
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  17. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 9,047


    Acid core solder is used for tinwork, radiators, etc. Rosin core solder is used for elctronics. Solid wire solder is used in stained glass work. You'll need a flux with it. Solder percentages indicate the melting temperature of the solder. 60/40 melts before 50/50. Most stained glas folks use 60/40 for general purpose work. A 1 pound spool currently goes for about $18-19. Not sure what power your irons are-100watts is a good stained glass iron. Those cords look pretty old.

    If you're soldering, use good ventilation-lead fumes are not your friend.
  18. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,875

    V8 Bob

    Rain gutters used to be soldered. I remember being burned by a large iron similar to the one pictured, while our house's gutters were being repaired or replaced during the mid '50s.
  19. long bar is solder......uses to sell a bunch of it to a guy when i was in industrial supply retail(about a million years ago).....he was the only cat who'd ever buy the stuff and he bought a lot of it. never did ask what the hell he did with it, now I kinda wish I knew. Dammit!
  20. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,656

    from Nicasio Ca

    Turns out I had to solder a new cord on my laptop charger this morning. I tried this, with paste flux. Don't know if it's the right stuff but seemed to work. If so I have a lifetime supply of electrical solder.

  21. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 6,094


    Soldering irons come it sizes, just like wrenches, to do different jobs. I’ve got about 12 soldering irons/guns for various jobs. Including propane powered and actelaline / oxygen powered torches. Soldering is an art! It used to be used extensively in body work. But you guys knew that! Lol

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  22. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 52,787


    Silver solder isn't really for electronics stuff....usually we use rosin core, 63/37 tin/lead solder for that. 60/40 or 50/50 work also.
  23. CA. 280
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 226

    CA. 280

    The large, black, iron on top is straight out of an old Telco office.
    They used to be held in brick niches around the walls. Were used for soldering on the Main Frame
    in the 30's and 40's. Does yours still have the Bell System logo on the handle??
    Mine still has the original cloth covered cord. They put out some major heat.
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