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Half-power soldering idler. A simple holder for an electric soldering iron automatically reduces the power by half when the iron in not being used. When the iron is lifted, full power is restored.
AUDIO AMATEUR 1/1972 [Oct 1972] (v.3#1) pg. 27

Three simple holders to make for holding a hot soldering iron.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1980 (v.58#7) pg. 48

Soldering-iron temperature controller.

Build a precision soldering-iron controller for use with irons of 25 watts or less.

Solid-state heat control, solder iron holder and soldering accessories make electronic soldering more convenient.
ELECTRONICS ILLUSTRATED Nov 1972 (v.15#6) pg. 65

Solid-state soldering gun switch. Replace the stiff switch on your pistol-style soldering gun with this tactile sensor.
ELECTRONICS NOW Dec 1998 (v.69#12) pg. 40

Permanent tinning of soldering irons.
ELECTRONICS WORLD Sep 1967 (v.78#3) pg. 60

Tips on putting new life back into an old electric soldering gun which heats up too slowly to be useful.
ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS Jan-Feb 1967 (v.3#3) pg. 90

Soldering iron heat control can also serve as a motor speed control, lamp dimmer, etc., up to 8 amperes. Est. cost: $10.
ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS Nov-Dec 1968 (v.7#2) pg. 49

Build a heat controller for your soldering gun. Switch selects half or full wave rectification of 115-VAC line. Has a built-in 1-amp fuse.
ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS May-Jun 1976 (v.16#3) pg. 51

Shop test of the Wall-Lenk Model 2116 30-watt soldering gun.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #171 Mar 1976 (v.26#3) pg. 24

Soldering iron tip cleaner is made from a tin can and steel wool.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #283 Nov 1987 (v.37#9) pg. 80

Soldering iron stand is bent from a metal coat hanger.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #285 Jan 1988 (v.38#1) pg. 100

Make a PVC container to store your soldering flux brush and keep it clean.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #48 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 24

Tip on fitting a large electric soldering iron with a temporary pencil-point tip for fine work.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 32

Tip: How to make a unit for drying a fluxed item prior to soldering from an old electric iron mounted upside down in a box.
GEMS & MINERALS #502 Aug 1979 pg. 14

Build your own organized soldering center.
GEMS & MINERALS #506 Dec 1979 pg. 69

Tip: How to use a large soldering iron on delicate printed-circuit boards.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Summer 1984 (v.2#1) pg. 89

Temperature-controlled soldering station. Variable controller delivers from 5- to 95-volts to a soldering iron, AC tool, etc.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Oct 1987 (v.4#10) pg. 34

How to repair and rebuild a Weller soldering station.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Dec 1987 (v.4#12) pg. 59

Tip: Mix rosin and alcohol to make a soldering flux.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Aug 1988 (v.5#8) pg. 7

Tip: How to reinforce a charcoal soldering block so it does not crack and chip as easily.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #566 Dec 1984 pg. 38

Make plastic kites by heat-sealing the seams. Build a simple heat control from a light dimmer switch for use with a soldering iron.
KITE LINES Summer-Fall 1987 (v.6#4) pg. 22

How to buy a soldering iron.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #505 Jun 1970 (v.66) pg. 86

Consumer's guide to soldering and welding equipment. What to look for when buying these tools.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #576 May 1976 (v.72) pg. 16

Tip: Using spring clothespins to make a "third hand" to hold small parts being soldered.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #605 Oct 1978 (v.74) pg. 145

How to thermally machine project boxes. Give a professional-looking finish to the plastic enclosures in which electronic projects are housed. Use a soldering iron equipped with various-shaped "cookie cutters" to burn clean holes in plastic.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Nov 1990 (v.7#11) pg. 18
Correction MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jan 1991 (v.8#1) pg. 6

Introduction to the advantages of resistance soldering. Plans for building a resistance soldering tool.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Sep 1968 (v.29#3) pg. 81

Circuit will keep a soldering iron warm until you flip switch to "hot".
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Mar 1973 (v.3#3) pg. 114

Add an LED indicator to your rechargeable soldering iron to indicate whether or not the charging current is actually flowing.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Apr 1978 (v.13#4) pg. 114

Tip: Use ammonia to help remove a soldering iron tip from the iron.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Oct 1979 (v.16#4) pg. 85

Monitor circuit keeps track of the operation of a cordless soldering iron's recharging stand.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jul 1980 (v.18#1) pg. 92

Tip: Use a clay flower pot as a soldering iron holder.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Sep 1981 (v.19#9) pg. 98

IR-controlled soldering station circuit is designed to sense temperature and adjust power to the heating element accordingly.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jan 1990 (v.7#1) pg. 27

Build a soldering-iron controller to adjust the temperature of any iron up to 25 watts.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] May 1992 (v.9#5) pg. 53

Making a new tip for a Weller electric soldering gun from 12-gauge copper wire.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jul 1993 (v.10#7) pg. 78
Added Info POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Apr 1994 (v.11#4) pg. 27

Soldering-iron outlet uses a switch-selected diode to reduce the power delivered to a soldering iron when not in use, which extends the life of the soldering element.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Mar 1994 (v.11#3) pg. 28

Soldering-iron standby circuit keeps the iron warm, but does not apply full power until removed from the holder.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1995 (v.12#9) pg. 73

Two circuits to improve life of a soldering iron. (1) Typical protection/half-power controller. (2) Astable circuit that will automatically connect and disconnect the soldering iron every 2-5 minutes.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1997 (v.14#6) pg. 71

Pigtail tinning pot. A miniature, self-leveling solder pot made from a pipe coupling.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1966 (v.126#4) pg. 193

A sample of soldering irons available and tips on how to pick the right one for the job.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1973 (v.139#3) pg. 111

Turn a gooseneck lamp into a "third hand" to hold parts being soldered.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1976 (v.146#3) pg. 162

Emergency soldering gun works off an automobile battery. Built from scrap parts.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1975 (v.207#2) pg. 97

Cordless soldering irons. What is available and tips on their use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1987 (v.230#1) pg. 80

Add a standby or warm setting to almost any AC soldering iron with this circuit.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Sep 1981 (v.52#9) pg. 71, 101

Using solid copper wire to make tips for Weller soldering guns.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #189 Apr 1992 (v.16#9) pg. 24