I have, possibly, a tip for using the boric acid/alcohol mix. For
several months now I have been using a plastic trigger spray bottle
(from grainger.com) to mix, store, and apply the mixuture. The
benefits that I see aRe:
1) The bottle doesnt' spill if it turns over
2) I only mix it once in a great while instead of every few days
3) there is no brush with burnt or stiff or caked up bristiles to be
4) there is no lid on a jar that has crusty boric acid to contend
5) the trigger head screws right onto the bottle of alcohol.
The only problem I have had with this technique is that at first I
had the mixture over saturated and the boric acid would fall out of
suspension. It would then clog the spray tip.
The fix is easy though:
1) unscrew the tip, pull the trigger and expel the "clot".
2) Reassemble the tip,
3) add more alcohol to the mix to prevent reocurrance.
No doubt I use more of this mix than i did when i was mixing it in
batches and keeping it in a jar. But it is just a little thing that,
to me, makes life a bit easier.
All seriousness aside, The usual disclaimers apply, No, I am not a
pyromaniac, and yes, if you spray on an existing flame it does flare
up - ( how neat!) and yes, i do have a fume hood running when i
solder or flux and yes, my solder bench has a metal covering to help
contain problem sources of heat such as if my really cool expanded
titanium metal soldering stand ( just like Judy H's.) should begin
to self destruct whilst burning incense and listening to old Led Zep
or Ali Farke Toure Yes, I voted for the man, but now I regret that he
speaks nucular english.
-just having a bit of fun- it seems that the forum is a bit stuffy
lately and needs some fresh air.