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Tin your tip safety information.
01-02-2012, 10:35 PM
Post: #1
Tin your tip safety information.
Ok so you fancy taking on the challenge of making your own mod.
I know I may have a joke about finger loss and the like.
However tools must be treated with respect, they can bite!!
I know only so well myself.

First a few safety precautions for the soldering Iron:

Never touch the element or tip of the soldering iron.
They are very hot (about 400°C) and will give you a nasty burn.
Take great care to avoid touching the mains flex with the tip of the iron.
The iron should have a heatproof flex for extra protection. An ordinary plastic flex will melt immediately if touched by a hot iron and there is a serious risk of burns and electric shock.
Always return the soldering iron to its stand when not in use.
Never put it down on your workbench, even for a moment!
Work in a well-ventilated area.
The smoke formed as you melt solder is mostly from the flux and quite irritating. Avoid breathing it by keeping you head to the side of, not above, your work.
Wash your hands after using solder.
Some solder may contain lead which is a poisonous metal.

Preparing the soldering iron:

Place the soldering iron in its stand and plug in.
The iron will take a few minutes to reach its operating temperature of about 400°C.
Dampen the sponge in the stand.
The best way to do this is to lift it out the stand and hold it under a cold tap for a moment, then squeeze to remove excess water. It should be damp, not dripping wet.
Wait a few minutes for the soldering iron to warm up.
You can check if it is ready by trying to melt a little solder on the tip.
Wipe the tip of the iron on the damp sponge.
This will clean the tip.
Melt a little solder on the tip of the iron.
This is called 'tinning' and it will help the heat to flow from the iron's tip to the joint. It only needs to be done when you plug in the iron, and occasionally while soldering if you need to wipe the tip clean on the sponge.

What If I Burn Myself?

Immediately cool the affected area under gently running cold water.
Keep the burn in the cold water for at least 5 minutes (15 minutes is recommended). If ice is readily available this can be helpful too, but do not delay the initial cooling with cold water.
Do not apply any creams or ointments.
The burn will heal better without them. A dry dressing, such as a clean handkerchief, may be applied if you wish to protect the area from dirt.
Seek medical attention if the burn covers a large area.

To reduce the risk of burns:

Always return your soldering iron to its stand immediately after use.
Allow joints and components a minute or so to cool down before you touch them.
Never touch the element or tip of a soldering iron unless you are certain it is cold

More to follow................................
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01-02-2012, 10:55 PM
Post: #2
Re: Tin your tip safety information.
Read everything, manuals contain essential advice on how to operate and maintain your power tool. This is especially important if this is your first tool of this type.

Do not use inappropriate tools. Do not try to make do with tools that are not designed to do to job.

When not using a power tool switch it off at the wall to avoid accidental activation.

If using a drill with a chuck key always remove the key from the chuck. A flying chuck key can cause some nasty injuries.

If using cutting or grinding discs make sure you have the correct disc for the material being cutting to avoid shattering.

Use the appropriate safety gear. Gloves, goggles, etc.

Ensure others know what you are doing and what areas to avoid while you are working.

Make sure that your electrical supply is safe. Check the condition of any cables, extension leads, plugs and sockets before commencing work.

Ensure that electric cables to not cause a tripping hazard.

Ensure that electric cables are well out of the way from the material you intend to cut.

Ensure that a power tool has completely come to a stop before placing the tool down or inspecting its settings. It is a good idea to unplug a tool before making an adjustment to avoid accidental activation.

Do not carry a power tool by its power cord, this can loosen any connection inside the machine and a fall could find the business end of the tool being introduced to parts of your body.

Clamp everything down, if drilling or cutting do not reply purely on hand pressure alone to keep the work piece from moving.

If using a tool that produces sparks or hot material, do so only in an area with no flammable material or liquids.

Keep your work area generally tidy, excess mess can cause trips and other accidents.

Keep your work area well lit.

Do not be temped to remove or hinder any safety features on power tools. They are there for a reason.

Always make clear marks where you intend to cut or drill. This will enable you to concentrate on the job in hand rather that have to keep checking your alignment.

If you feel fatigued or if your concentration wanders then stop working.

Tuck in or change any loose clothing, tie long hair back. Remember anything that gets caught in a power tool can quickly cause bodily damage.

If a tool appears damaged or makes an unusual sound when running then do not use that tool until you are sufficiently convinced of its condition.

You wouldn't drink and drive so don't drink and MOD. One slip is all it takes.

I hope that sort of covers most things.

If you can think of any additional information that may be of benefit to our members safety please send m a pm.
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