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Old 04-04-2002, 03:00 PM   #1
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I am one of those lazy bastards who has just been buying a new Weller 40W every couple months and not really doing anything to take care of it. I just plug it in and solder.

Now people have mentioned to me that I should be wiping it off each time, or using wax, or doing ?? as well. So I'm wondering, what do YOU do to maintain your soldering iron?

I was going to try using the sponge, since I already have one. Do you just wipe the iron before each use? Is the sponge supposed to be wet? Any other tips?

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Old 04-04-2002, 03:19 PM   #2
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just tin it with alot of solder then wipe in on your sponge, tin wipe, tin wipe, tin then solder, then wipe then solder than wipe
just wipe it after every solder joint you might also have to melt some more solder onto the tip after a few joints.
sometime i dip my solder in flux when tinning my iron and makes it a little cleaner!

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I always wipe tip after every use. And I also unplug if I'm not going to use it for more than 20 mins. It only take a few mins too heat up. I think was ruins them is the constant heat. But what do I know???
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Old 04-04-2002, 05:04 PM   #4
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I've had one of those for 2 years, whenever I race it is plugged in for 14 hours, but it still works...I do replace the tip every couple months, cheaper than buying a whole new iron...

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Shane - I also use the Weller 40W Irons, and i have been on the same iron for about 2, maybe 3 years now. At all the races, i plug it in when i get there, and unplug it once i remove the pack i used in the main.

I don't even use a sponge.. call it "Paper Towels" wetted with my Pepsi I just make sure to always have the tip clean and tinned, and it never fails me. The tip is accually on it's last leg though. When it started that stuff on fire at the Novak race, someone took a file to it while i was gone, to remove the burning plastic. That removed the plating, and it oxidieses pretty quickly now

I'm accually looking into a new Iron though, more so since i need something nice, and need one that comes with a stand. My sheet of aluminum and my weller iron could be dangerous

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If you go to tower... you can buy a Hobico 60w... It's $5 and you get an extra tip. I pretty much let them melt to the ground.. They last forever though.
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Weller 55W modular. Heats up in 30 seconds. Clean your tip before you use it and when done. Everything inbetween leave alone. I use a sponge with water.

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I think the biggest mistake people make with irons is to clean the tip and then not re-solder it. Always make sure that the tip has been tinned even when it's not in use which will keep it from oxidizing.
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The tip oxidizes more when the iron is on and there's no solder on the tip.
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