This section is from the book "Soldering For Workshop, Farm And Home", by John Bonert. Also available from Amazon: Soldering For Workshop, Farm And Home - Information On Soft And Hard Soldering - Projects For The Workshop Explained And Illustrated.
Many times the craftsman, who takes great pride in his work and delights in leaving every job he does well appearing, is discouraged with his failure to do a soldering job neatly. A man may do a job which would be a pleasure to look at except for the soldering simply because he has never taken the time to really become interested. Even some men who do a great deal of soldering, are careless about the appearance of the finished job. It requires a great deal of practice before the beginner can do a really good job. There are many jobs of soldering to be done in the home and the work shop. The man on the farm should be able to do any soldering job that may come along. If the information in the following pages is read carefully before attempting any practice, there should be no trouble in getting the idea. If trouble is encountered in any way the information should be read over again. One cannot read instructions on any subject too often.
Compared to other shop operations, soldering is very inexpensive. The large Mail Order Houses have complete kits for small work ranging from one dollar, up. No heavy work where a considerable amount of heat is required could be done with such a kit, but following is a kit which will do most any soldering job.
One externally heated soldering copper-4
(4 pounds per pair)
One externally heated soldering copper-2
(2 pounds per pair)
Two wood handles for above coppers.......
One electric soldering copper-125 watts ....
One medium cut file-10 inch..............
One bar of 50-50 solder-1 pound...........
Ten feet of rosin-core solder .............
One quarter pound cake of sal-ammoniac -..
Small can of non-corrode soldering paste ....
Rosin Hump) ...........................
Plumber's tallow candle...................
Hydrochloric (muriatic) acid ..............
Small paint brush (stiff bristles) ...........
A good scraper of some sort will also be handy, but this need not be purchased. The end of a discarded file can be ground to a sharp edge on the end and sides. Of course the beginner need only buy the electric soldering copper or perhaps one of the externally heated coppers to start with. The others may be acquired at a later date after he has had some practice. This investment is much less than it would cost for tools needed for wood work or machine work. The cost of this outfit would soon pay for its self by repairing and reclaiming articles which would otherwise have to be sent to the tinner or perhaps disposed of.