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    Perhaps dumb soldering question:

    I have a broken battery bracket on a Sovtek guitar pedal. I want to solder it back on, and was wondering if I use plumbing solder, would it taint my tip?

    Is my 45W soldering station even hot enough for plumbing solder?

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    dont use plumbing solder for anything electronic. the flux used in plumbing solder is acidic so that it etches the pipes it is intended for and gives a good solid connection. for electronics and wires, it will corrode it and destroy the board.

    go to rat shack and spend $10 on some 60/40 rosin core designed for electronics.

    yes a 45w iron is more than sufficient for electronics work. 25w is ussualy enough.

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    I'm sorry, you must've misunderstood. This is just for the battery door, not the electronics. It has two little tack welds that have come undone.

    I'll probably just put some JB Weld on it.

    Thanks!
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    I still wouldnt use plumbing solder for it. that door looks like brass, will corrode like nuts.

    not to mention, you have to get the metal hot enough for the solder to flow, at 45w, that iron will take forever, lol. Propane torch would work better for a job like that.

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