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Nothing useful, to a first order approximation.
  2222 votes / 8%
Clumsy but workable solder joins.
  7254 votes / 28%
Competent, clean, but not beautiful joins.
  7460 votes / 29%
Prettier joins than I see in my OEM equipment.
  2750 votes / 10%
I solder BGA connections for fun, blindfolded.
  676 votes / 2%
An elaborate series of burns (on self/furniture).
  5175 votes / 20%
25537 total votes.
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  • by thorist (1859732) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @12:16PM (#40386485)
    But instead you commented, ensuring that you wouldn't be able to mod even if you had the points.
  • Solder "gun"? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by John Hasler (414242) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @02:22PM (#40388143) Homepage

    I've been soldering for nearly 60 years, but "passable" is the best I can manage with one of those horrid things. Give me a fine-tipped temperature-controlled soldering iron, on the other hand...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @04:30PM (#40390337)

    As a hobbyist I don't build anything military, nuclear, or health related. Just my opinion, but I'd have to be pretty full of myself and my projects to think that I my widget can justify the continued mining and purification of lead.

    All metal refining is dirty to one level or another, but lead is especially so. The fact that it's so cheap doesn't lend well to corporate interests in preventing releases to the environment in the air or water.

    And it doesn't matter how cool a device is, in thirty years it'll probably be irrelevant. All products have a life cycle and will eventually be disposed. That lead that was once so important for it's ease now winds up in an incinerator or a landfill contributing to poisoning. And the kicker is that lead free solders aren't nearly as bad as that article suggests anymore, and most issues result from mixing leaded and lead-free solders, such as using lead-free solder to join components with lead on the leads and pads. With practice, it's nearly as easy to get good quality joints and in the face of newer formulations featuring doped tin, you can still get that old school shiny look.

  • Re:missing option (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Tastecicles (1153671) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @07:59PM (#40392409)

    mine doesn't have a power cable, you insensitive clod!

    (it's a butane-powered iron. I find it easier to work with silver solder on gas than electric irons)

  • Re:missing option (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SpazmodeusG (1334705) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @02:13AM (#40395007)

    I hate how shitty tools are often labelled as 'for beginners'.

    Get yourself a 100W (or greater) Goot (or equivalent) soldering iron if you're just starting out. You'll have enough things to worry about already, don't let a shitty tool cause you even more grief.

  • by Mabhatter (126906) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @06:37AM (#40396205)

    Just remember you have to get all the unused flux off the board or it will gradually eat things.

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