FW Make Magazine: How to solder

Joe Grand and I got together this last year to shoot this 19 minute video that teaches you how to solder and desolder. This is required watching for anyone wanting to get into diy electronics.

In this video you’ll learn lots of tips and tricks that will make you a much better solderer. I grew up teaching myself to solder and since making this video with Joe, my soldering skills have improved a lot! I don’t overheat parts, I make less cold-solder joints, and in general my soldering is significantly neater.


In this video, you’ll learn the three ways to desolder parts too, which is a really important skill for circuit bending and hardware hacking. Learning how to use solder-wick, a solder sucker, and the Chip Quik kit will give you extra skill points and make you an awesome electronic deconstructionist.

Here’s an mp4 that plays on pretty much everything. Here’s a bigger mp4 for the hd fiends. Here’s a 3gp and 3g2 for people who like to watch on their phone! Of course if you subscribe in itunes, the videos and accompanying pdf get downloaded automatically for you, no muss no fuss.

Note: This video is too long to go on youtube or revver and so you’ll have to go check it out on blip.tv or on the weekend projects page at your leisure! – Subscribe Link

I was never very good at soldering.  Granted, I never took the time to learn how to do it correctly.   Usually the component would pop off easily or I melted the circuit board.  After watching the video on how to solder, it was very easy for me to correctly solder a wire onto a motherboard (yes, motherboard), with no problems at all.

If you’ve ever wanted to solder, or if you’re like me, where the solder didn’t hold, go check out the video! 

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