Ever since the dawn of electricity, people have been curious about what makes electronics work and have been trying to create their own. Hobby electronics have remained a strong industry for decades, and for many hobbyists, the thrill never goes away. What should accompany this thrill, however, is a focus on completing your projects as safely as possible.
Below, you’ll find a guide to staying safe while using one of the most common tools of the electrical hobbyist – the soldering gun. By following these tips, you can be sure that you’ll be able to complete your projects and enjoy your hobby without putting your health, safety, or livelihood at risk.
Select the Right Wattage
Electric hobbyists know that different electrical components have different wattages and, as such, different power requirements. What you may not be aware of, however, is that your soldering gun has similarly variable wattage requirements. Choosing the right gun is a vital part of a safe and successful solder.
Without carefully selecting the right soldering gun, you may be vulnerable to short circuits and all of the safety concerns that spring from that. You may also find yourself with excessive sparking and arcing during the solder process, quickly turning your enjoyable hobby into a potentially very serious fire hazard.
Be Aware Of Ventilation
Soldering creates many things as a byproduct. Chief among these are odors and fumes that, unless dissipated, can cause severe irritation. In some cases, they can even build up to levels that are overwhelming, and can risk you losing consciousness and suddenly facing a very dangerous heat situation.
You should be sure that you only use your soldering gun in a well ventilated, open space that will allow fumes to safely spread out among a large quantity of air. This will guarantee that you don’t find yourself struggling through a haze of confusion or choking down difficult air while trying to enjoy your electrical products.
Don’t Challenge the Heat
Along with fumes, the primary byproduct that comes from the soldering process is heat. You need to be aware that your electric components will get extremely hot during the soldering process, and the gun itself will hold heat that could be a fire hazard if laid on the wrong surface. You should be sure that you always wear appropriately heat resistant gloves and never set a recently used solder gun down on an unprotected surface. This will guarantee that your gun cools off before the situation gets out of control.Read More