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So, you are an electronics geek and love to do-it-yourself when it comes to electrical or home electronics projects!  Many satisfying hours can be spent doing a project yourself if you plan well, have the right knowledge, and just as importantly, have the right tools for the job.

Choosing Safety Equipment

Some electronic projects will require a soldering gun and wire cutters.  A soldering gun is a wonderful tool to make permanent electrical bonds between wires using high heat and solder. If you choose a project that requires a soldering gun, it is important to read and understand the soldering gun safety instructions and to wear protective safety equipment, including safety glasses and work safety gloves to prevent burns.

There are many different safety glove types that are designed for different tasks.  Be sure to educate yourself on the types of gloves available and choose the one that best suits the work you will be doing.

Using a Soldering Gun

Using a soldering gun takes practice, but there are few tips to ensure that you make a good electrical bond.  When soldering wires together, first strip the insulation back on each wire enough to twist them together. Then choose a heat shrink tubing that is just slightly larger in diameter than the wire you will solder together.  Cut a piece of tubing that is an inch or so long and slide in over one of the wires away from the solder joint.  Lay the stripped wires parallel to each other and twist them just enough to hold them together.

Take solder in one hand and the soldering gun in the other and hold the gun to the twisted wires first to heat them. Then touch the solder (not on the gun directly) to the wires and hold it until the solder melts and flows around the twisted wires. Remove the soldering gun and let it cool.  Once cooled, move the heat shrink tubing over the wire joint and use a heat gun to shrink the tubing tight around the wires.