I only joined the Forum this morning after a chance discovery of the site.
I am English 57, living in Norway (12 years) married a Viking!
Lifelong love affair with Railways both real and model.Unfortunately due to long term illness and some incapacity the constructing side of Rlw~Modelling as not being possible!much to my frustration.
I must admit to many false start and very costly mistakes over a number of years,which I put down to over enthusiasm and again frustration,which is a constant theme throughout my life!ironically whilst my health as worsened considerably in recent years,my determination to fulfil the life long dream of owning & running a first class layout has grown stronger? I am hoping to find someone shortly to construct a small HO Dcc layout for me.??(many false starts here?)
I am keen to at least be able to make minor repairs,and whilst this may prove difficult,I am trying to learn to SOLDER?? I have an ANTEX Iron 25watt. which i was told would be great for most things but having used it a few times I do not think it has the power for the job? and this was backed up by Richard @DCC Concepts who is very kind and most helpful, I have purchased several items some years back and am currently in the process of purchasing some additional items from his very extensive and interesting range.I am intersted mainly in DCC items,Bu I liked the sound of the HAKKO Solder Stations.which Richard holds in high regard,and he is not alone as I have read many reveiws and discussions on the subject of Soldering and the HAKKO range seems to be very popular and generally better value than ANTEX/WELLER e.t.c.so I thought from all that I had read that the HAKKO stations would serve me well in many respects.
I was intersted to read Mathews thread from earlier this year,regarding his request for soldering station feedback so this post is basically a continuance of Mathews I suppose.I can see this post is going to be very long,and I apologise in advance,I considered posting a seperate specific thread to ask my particular soldering questions?
*Anyway here are my questions and I thank you advance.and please excuse my non technical explinations e.t.c.
Question 1. if I were to buy the HAKKO digital Station what is the ideal temp setting? for quite delicate rail soldering(repair)? and for delicate layout/DCC wiring e.t.c.?
Question 2. Related to (1) Iron Tips should I use the smallest finest tips when working with DCC & other Layout wiring?pleaseadvcie on basic number and type of tips I should have(their will be no construction what so ever just wiring repair)as far as I see it.
Question 3. I keep seeing reference to Tinning? the tips,and I see there are tinning compounds? when do I use this stuff it is i understand a way of keeping iron tips in good shape is this correct?(please advice how to use?)
Question 4. I currently have some of DCC Concepts SAPHIRE Solder wire & Flux Are there better options? this is purely out of interest, I can not see a problem withe saphire wire.I will use LEAD wire as I understand Lead free is not as good?is it still 60/40 grade I should use or a different grade?
Question5. I also have another product tix anti flux am told this is very good?
Think that is more than enough to be going on with
best Wishes Steve