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Diy Beginners Guide

 

To help any new DIY'ers this Wiki is a compilation of the answers from many threads in an attempt to compile a comprehensive list of suggestions and links for anyone starting out in DIY.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
  2. Minimum Set of Tools
  3. Additional Tools
  4. Parts and Supplies

 

Getting Started

 

A wonderful source of information can be found at one of our members website http://www.tangentsoft.net. In particular reading and understanding the information provided at these links is strongly suggested:

 

Minimum Set of Tools

 

Soldering Iron

  • 25W soldering irons are designed for general purpose but is not recommended for small circuit boards. It is desirable to use a soldering station with adjustable temperature.

 

Soldering Station

  • Hakko 936 Station with 907 Iron.
  • Weller WESD51 or WES51 Station

 

Multimeter

  • The most popular recommendations are Fluke. There are many discussions about the various models on Head-Fi. If you're considering purchasing from e-bay, you should review this thread.

 

Solder

  • Eutectic solder. Read the discussion at What kind of solder do you use?.
  • Newark #34C5667 Kester RA 63/37 25mil 1lb
  • All-Spec #kw28510 Kester RMA 63/37 25mil 1lb

 

Cutters

  • Newark #52F9047 Xcelite Flush
  • Newark Part Number: 52F9064
  • All-Spec #MS545J Xcelite Flush

 

Additional Tools

 

Tweezers

  • Newark #52F9066 Erem 3SASL
  • All-Spec #340-009 Erem 3SASL
 

Pliers

  • Newark #52F9054 Xcelite LN54-G 5" Smooth
  • All-Spec #NN54G Xcelite NN54-G 5" Smooth

 

Desolder Wick

  • Newark #95F6243 Soder-Wick .110in 10ft
  • All-Spec #80-4-10 Soder-Wick .110in 10ft

 

Flux

  • Kester 1544 Liquid Flux including needle bottle

 

Flux Removal

  • Newark #71C6011
  • All-Spec #M35305
  • 99% Isopropyl Alcohol - purchase at hardware store
  • Natural bristle brush

 

Wire Strippers

  • Newark #97H2957 Paladin 1117 22-10AWG
  • All-Spec #PA1105 Paladin 22-10AWG

 

Helpers

  • PanaVise products to secure any work your soldering.

 

Water Bottle

  • Newark #72K7274 Plato BC-250
  • All-Spec #BC-250 Plato BC-250

 

Miscellaneous

  • All-Spec #26034 Inspection Eye Loupe 10x Magnification (Aven 10X loupe)
  • Heat-gun to shrink heat shrink tubing
  • All-Spec #332A Stainless steel "soldering" probe (Excelta 332A)
  • All-Spec #SH125 4 piece stainless steel probe kit (Beau Tech SH-125)
  • All-Spec #53608 12 piece mini needle files (Proedge 53608)

Comments (2)

good job, that's a great initiative;)
Thanks for the tips.... really helpful for a starter like me...
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