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First post, by buckeye

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I'm interested in learning to do this. Need advice on buying equipment and necessary accessories.

My main motivation for doing this is repairing/modding a nintendo gamecube. Know I can get on google
and get a bucket load of videos & info but figure there are quite a few on the forum here that can offer
some friendly advice.

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Reply 1 of 8, by WolverineDK

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Voultar did an amazing job in one of his videos (he did also update the description of it , by the way. So remember to read the description of it).

Buying Your First Soldering Station (UPDATE READ DESCRIPTION)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGdHJ3BTh_c

Reply 2 of 8, by buckeye

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WolverineDK wrote on 2021-10-11, 17:29:

Voultar did an amazing job in one of his videos (he did also update the description of it , by the way. So remember to read the description of it).

Buying Your First Soldering Station (UPDATE READ DESCRIPTION)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGdHJ3BTh_c

Thanks, I bookmarked his site as he has a bunch of console modding videos - perfect!

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Reply 5 of 8, by Intel486dx33

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My advice is to take some classes in electrical engineering at your local city college or trading center.
Learn to read schematics and fundamentals of electrical components and engineering.
Get a Multimeter, ERS Meter, Electric Microscope, Build or buy a work bench ( Home Depot ) has some nice inexpensive ones.
Work outside in a well vented place like an open door garage.
Get some good lighting.
Don’t breath the solder smoke. So you want to use some fans and well vented room.

Don’t buy cheap solder or flux.
You want to use a reputable brand. You don’t want to get contaminated with toxic smoke or chemicals.

Reply 6 of 8, by WolverineDK

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maxtherabbit wrote on 2021-10-12, 02:54:

yeah zach is a good guy to learn from, I've never seen him demonstrate anything but good techniques

Some of his viewers has called him "The Bob Ross of soldering" 😀

Reply 7 of 8, by Jo22

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I also strongly recommend learning the basics of electricity and electronics.
Traditionally, books about crystal radios and electronics construction kits do cover Ohm's Law, tubes, diodes, bi-polar transistors etc. 😀

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 8 of 8, by Caluser2000

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I just ungraded my $15 soldering iron with a $25 one two weeks ago.

There's a glitch in the matrix.
A founding member of the 286 appreciation society.
Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉