Now to find some projects to start with...
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the old soldering iron I have is a fixed 40W weller. Do you think for doing circuit board type stuff that is too high? Should I get a adjustable? And what are guidelines on what temp to use for what you are doing? Been doing some searches at night but still kinda fumbling in the dark.
I used to solder with an electrical soldering iron (100W+) and that went alright... You just have to be fast enough At the moment, I have a 15W soldering iron. Personally, I think it isn't powerful enough
I'd suggest you start with simply applying solder to an electrical wire, to get a feel of how the tin reacts. Then, start soldering electrical wires together to make shapes (your name, for example). That's how I learned it at school. Fool proof system
how would folks recommend I practice soldering? Do they have just cheap blank circuit boards with holes and pads that I can practice with?
You can get one of these thingies, they come in a few varieties (one, two or three holes per 'island' or in straight lanes)... You can see 'em all here