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Re: Obscure tools, tips & tricks of the trade
« Reply #75 on: October 24, 2019, 02:18:39 AM »
Here's a thing I had no idea about: Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish also works wonders on brass.
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Re: Obscure tools, tips & tricks of the trade
« Reply #76 on: October 28, 2019, 12:37:01 PM »
The major downside is that I've yet to come across a brand that isn't loaded full of lead, so it's not 100% safe, health-wise.

Hey @SirRawThunderman  !  Better late than never I suppose, but there are several brands out there that offer Lead-Free Solder Paste.

I bought MG-Chemicals SAC305 Solder Paste in a syringe.

https://www.tequipment.net/MG-Chemicals/4900P-25G/Solder-Paste/
Lead Free No Clean Solder Paste
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/MG-Chemicals/4900P-25G?qs=T9%2FYQF%252B4MzOyTyQ0hAyoCA%3D%3D&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2J6avdO_5QIVxpyzCh3BzANYEAYYASABEgKUEPD_BwE

It worked just fine after I first opened it, but it definitely has a shelf life.  The last time I tried to squeeze some out it was very difficult, and I had to take it out through the tube itself rather than through the needle.



Kester brand also makes several blends of Lead-Free Solder Paste...

R276 Solder Paste


I used mine to solder CREE Leds on Tri-Cree Sink Pads in an Aven 17100-200 Solder Pot.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Aven-200-Watt-Lead-Free-Solder-Pot-17100-200/206750644



I hope this helps!

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Re: Obscure tools, tips & tricks of the trade
« Reply #77 on: January 12, 2020, 04:11:17 AM »


This popped up on my YouTube recommendations earlier today. It's an over elaborate way of making brass washers from scrap. Not directly saber relevant, but Pocket83's method could be adapted to making the ever popular radiator disk-type crystal chamber assembly, for those of us who don't have lathes to easily machine brass disks with.
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