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== Safety ==
 
== Safety ==
=== Dangers ===
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[[PPE|Personal protection]]: [[File:Protection - goggles.svg|50px]]
* the tip gets very hot (over 300 °C)
 
* toxic fumes are be generated when soldering or overheating neighboring components
 
* hot flux or solder can splash towards you during soldering, e.g. when a springy wire gets loose
 
* the solder may contain poisonous lead
 
  
=== Precautions ===
 
 
[[File:Splashing_solder_-_it_happens!.png|thumb|right|splashing solder is rare, but dangerous - wear [[goggles]]!]]
 
[[File:Splashing_solder_-_it_happens!.png|thumb|right|splashing solder is rare, but dangerous - wear [[goggles]]!]]
* only touch the handle, rest the iron in its stand when not using it
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* take care of good ventilation and don't inhale the fumes, use a fume extractor with carbon filter
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* protect your eyes with [[goggles]]
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! Dangers !! Precautions
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| the tip gets very hot (over 300 °C) || only touch the handle, rest the iron in its stand when not using it
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| toxic fumes are be generated when soldering or overheating neighboring components ||
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* take care of good ventilation and don't inhale the fumes
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* use a fume extractor with carbon filter if possible
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| hot flux or solder can splash towards you during soldering, e.g. when a springy wire gets loose || protect your eyes with [[goggles]]
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| the solder may contain poisonous lead ||
 
* get familiar with the type of [[solder]] you're using - for instance, does it contain poisonous lead?  
 
* get familiar with the type of [[solder]] you're using - for instance, does it contain poisonous lead?  
 
* wash your hands after handling solder
 
* wash your hands after handling solder
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== Demonstration ==
 
== Demonstration ==

Latest revision as of 23:10, 25 March 2020

This is the content required for an introduction to our soldering irons - reading this does NOT replace the mandatory session with a tutor! It will make it even quicker though ;-)

Let's begin! First off, make sure you have read the tool's manual, if available.

Safety

Personal protection: Protection - goggles.svg

splashing solder is rare, but dangerous - wear goggles!
Dangers Precautions
the tip gets very hot (over 300 °C) only touch the handle, rest the iron in its stand when not using it
toxic fumes are be generated when soldering or overheating neighboring components
  • take care of good ventilation and don't inhale the fumes
  • use a fume extractor with carbon filter if possible
hot flux or solder can splash towards you during soldering, e.g. when a springy wire gets loose protect your eyes with goggles
the solder may contain poisonous lead
  • get familiar with the type of solder you're using - for instance, does it contain poisonous lead?
  • wash your hands after handling solder

Demonstration

Our electronics bench is set up in a master/slave fashion to reduce the risk of accidentally leaving soldering irons on over night - the black outlet bar only works when the desk lamp is on.

Suggested Reading

If you're new to soldering: mikrocontroller.net - "Löten" (DE)