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Old 03-14-2010, 11:30 PM #1
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Getting into soldering -- project ideas?

So, I want to get into soldering, and I was wondering if anyone had any good project ideas that a beginner solder-er could make? Something that's cheap but has that cool factor to it. Or something useful.

Or hell. Just something to help me get into soldering.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:33 PM #2
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Go to radioshack. Buy some lightbulbs, wires, capacitors, resistors.
Solder **** together.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:35 PM #3
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You could try doing Xbox controller mods. Stuff like swapping out the LED's and such. Maybe make a little side money off of it too. lol
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:50 PM #4
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:53 PM #5
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make sure you got a few different tips. see which one is the best for what your gonna be doing

o and get a solder sucker
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:05 AM #6
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if you can get one of the spring loaded plunger ones, those are pretty *****in'. as long as the solder is all melted, it's all coming off. the only one i'm seeing at radio shack has mediocre reviews, but similar stuff shouldn't be too hard to find.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:08 AM #7
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We are making something like this for my Embedded Systems project. 8x8x8 cube of LED's, each with four leads.

Lots of soldering fumes, mmm.
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You could try doing Xbox controller mods. Stuff like swapping out the LED's and such. Maybe make a little side money off of it too. lol
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go to the shaq lol

...but not for the led's, we dont have them that small
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go to the shaq lol

...but not for the led's, we dont have them that small
this.
edit: and that plunger solder sucker does kinda suck, we have one on our work bench and it never works for me. I just use the copper braid if i really need to.

I made a led xmas sweater at work for an ugly xmas sweater party. I'll see if I can find pics.
It's just has a bunch of leds sticking out the front of it.
edit: found one, but i know i'm gonna catch **** for it. so ignore everything but the sweater. kthx
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:15 PM #11
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:07 PM #12
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I didn't learn on ramsey's kits but they are great fun.
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edit: and that plunger solder sucker does kinda suck, we have one on our work bench and it never works for me.
ya **** that thing
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