Mr. Pinball Tip:

Place a 3 to 5 inch piece of small-diameter heat-shrink tubing over the free end of your solder roll. If necessary, shrink the front tip to ensure that the tubing will stay put, and that you still have good control of your solder. As you solder, simply slide the tubing down to access solder further down the roll.

Adding tubing will help ensure that you can always find the beginning of your solder roll. It also keeps your hands from contact with the poisonous lead in the solder.

Always wear safety glasses when you solder, and remember to wash your hands after you're done to remove the toxic fume residue; this is especially important prior to eating or smoking.

Todd Andersen
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