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Soldering Tutorials
If you want to learn how to solder, or improve your soldering skills, check out our basic and advanced soldering tutorials, including videos. The Basic Soldering Tutorial and Basic Desoldering Tutorial are oriented towards beginners who want to repair wiring or replace solenoids, diodes and switches. Both are structured to get you soldering quickly and properly and include quizzes to measure your progress. Our three part advanced series is oriented towards hobbyists with some soldering experience who want to move on to repairing pinball circuit boards. The first tutorial, Advanced Soldering - Tools and Supplies, provides you...
 
 
Advanced Soldering Tutorial
This is part four of a five part series on soldering. This article is specifically oriented towards advanced soldering techniques. It covers the techniques necessary to solder circuit board components and builds upon topics covered in the Basic Soldering Tutorial. Required equipment is covered in Advanced Soldering Tools and Supplies. Should I be Repairing Circuit Boards? Only you can answer this question, but consider that board repair shops have reported the number of hacked (non-repairable) boards has increased dramatically since Clay put out his repair guides. Just as you wouldn't...
 
 
Advanced Soldering - Tools and Supplies
This is part three of a five part series on soldering. This article is specifically oriented towards the advanced soldering techniques. It covers the tools and supplies needed for soldering circuit board components. A lot of the frustration felt by those new to soldering is the result of cheap tools and/or supplies. Avoid Walmart, Home Depot or Lowe's (I'm also no longer much of a Radio Shack fan since they now sell a lot of inferior products). Find yourself a good local electronics store like Fry's or buy online at Fry's, MCM Electronics...
 
 
Basic Soldering Tutorial
This is part one of a five part series on soldering. This article is specifically oriented towards beginners and playfield soldering. It covers tools and supplies and the soldering skills needed to replace a diode, switch, solenoid or broken wire. Advanced skills, better equipment and experience are needed before soldering pinball circuit boards (see my rant on hobbyists hacking circuit boards). This tutorial is oriented towards getting you soldering quickly and properly. If you're interested in more advanced topics see Advanced Soldering - Tools and Supplies, which is part one in our...
 
 
 
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