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Step 1: Lab Safety

ALCOHOL CAN CATCH FIRE!

Keep it away from sources of heat, including the solder iron. Failure to do so may result in fire, or worse!

  • After cleaning, make sure to remove all alcohol from the board before continuing to solder.

MOLTEN SOLDER CAN SPLASH IN YOUR FACE!

  • Wear safety goggles while working to make sure nothing gets in your eyes.

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  • Don't put your head too close to the board while soldering to avoid solder splash getting in your face.

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SOLDERING IRONS ARE HOT!

Soldering irons operate at CRAZY temperatures! The handle on the iron can get hot. That's okay, but DO NOT EVER TOUCH the rest of it. It is extremely hot and will burn a lot!

  • Don't touch the hot part, YOU WILL GET BURNED.

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  • Always put the soldering iron back on it's stand and turn it off before getting up from your workstation.

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  • Do not play or roughhouse where a soldering iron is in use.

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  • Do not reach across an area where an iron is being used. Go around.

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SOLDER FUMES ARE NASTY!

  • Always work in a well-ventilated place area, with the air conditioning on.

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  • If available, working outside is also an option.

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  • A small fan or air filter can help reduce solder fumes.

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ELECTRICITY CAN SHOCK YOU!

  • Never leave power connected while soldering. This may result in electric shock.

WIRE TRIMMINGS CAN GO FLYING!

The little clippings from the lead wires WILL go flying if you let them.

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  1. ALWAYS cup your hand around the leads your cutting so that you can catch the trimmings.

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  2. ALWAYS wear your safety goggles while working.

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  3. If a wire does get away, ALWAYS make sure to pick it up so that no one steps on it later. INSERTING PICTURE OF GETTING UP AND FINDING LOOSE TRIMMINGS 


Last update: 2020-12-24