TechTips: Solder Flux and Wick

By: Jerome Gunerson - Jameco Customer


I have two handy electronics tips for solving the age old problems, "What do you do if your solder flux gets hard?" and the perennial favorite, "What do you do if you run out of solder wick?"

If your solder flux (Rosin) gets hard or has residue on the side of the container, cover the container with a paper towel and put it into microwave oven until it melts to a point were it is usable again.

Tired of paying the price of solder wick? Buy some RG174 coax wire and strip off the outside layer. Take the braid off and flatten. You have an endless supply of de-solder braid to use along with the solder flux.

Do you have an electronics tip to share? Send us your submissions to mystory@jameco.com.