I have a soldering station that I picked up in a yard
sale. The wires have come loose from the heating element and
need to be reattached. Now my problem is finding a solder that
will reattach the wires, not melt under use.......
The way to fix that is to use a tube. This can
be either a brass tube salvaged from a ball point pen(1) or one
of those alloy type(2) tubes used in non-solder electronic crimp
terminals. As you found out soldering or welding won’t do the
job. Allow enough slack in the heater leads so that tension
doesn’t build up when the wire heats up or cools. Remember to
check for shorts that can be caused by bare metal surfaces
touching (eg. leads to the bracket of the other lead and bypass
the heat element) when you reassemble the solder iron.
(2.This is the made of same material used in in fork or ring
crimp terminals. Tube crimp terminals are also available but
used usually by/for special applications. If your heter element
has plenty of slack the short crimp section of a fork or ring
crimp should be able to hold the broken ends in place. 1.
Dissolve the ink with alcohol or just burn it off and scour
To attach the heat element leads to the power cable use ceramic
twist connectors. They come with the solder iron. If missing
try an appliance repair shop for replacements. Most electronics
shops don’t carry creamic twist connectors.
Don’t go overboard. New solder irons are inexpensive.
Kelvin Mok (email@example.com)
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