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Dave from uC Hobby sent us link to a Lab Tip about repurposing a bottled water bottle as a soldering station water bottle. Good tip (just make sure it doesn’t encourage you to over-water the sponge. You want it to be damp, not soppy).

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This made me think of one of my soldering tips. When I first started doing a lot of electronics work, especially cannibalizing old components for parts, I couldn’t figure out what to do with all of the solder flakes you suck up into a Desoldering Pump. Putting it on your bench in a pile is no good ’cause it ends up flying all over the place (and it’s not something you want to be traveling around your work/living space). So I got a leftover food container and cut a hole in the top to fit the pump’s nylon tip. I also put a moist paper towel in the bottom for the solder flakes to stick to. When I’m done with a soldering session, I just fold up the towel and throw it away. No fuss, no muss.

(BTW: I don’t use a sponge with my soldering set-up, I use the Solder Tip Cleaning Genie, which I love (seen bottom-left in this photo). You can read my review of it on Street Tech.

Lab Tip – Soldering Station Water Bottle – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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