How to Solder
From UCLA IEEE OPS
Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal (solder) into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the adjoining metal.
- Replaces wiring
- Creates more permanent connections
- For robust prototyping compared to breadboarding
- More compact
Things you'll need
Things not to do
- Do not apply heat directly to delicate components
- i.e. never apply heat to your teensy/arduino pins, the heat will travel up the pin and fry the circuitry
- Do not apply the solder directly to the iron, the solder goes directly onto the copper pad/component
- Do not turn the iron above 700 degrees, the solder will be too runny to solder easily
- Don't touch the iron. Hot things burn you.
- Do not point the iron at other people. Not only is it rude, but the iron is also hot. Hot things burn people.
- SOLDERING IRONS ARE NOT TOYS. If you try playing catch with it, bad things will probably happen.