It was a rainy day today so I finally had the time to render the kitchen into a second electronics workshop and solder the All-Out-Board I designed.
Apart from the fact that SMT parts are a real pain in the gluteus maximus, more so if you’re 40+ years old, things worked great. I discovered that I by now have difficulty seeing the normal sized pins and wires with my everyday glasses. Not funny.
Back to topic. The board soldered very well. To cope with the SMT parts I manufactured my own solder flux from rosin and Isopropyl alcohol. I made a mixture of 1/2 rosin and 2/3 Isopropyl alcohol and filled it in a little bottle that has a brush in its cap. Please be aware of the following: Isopropyl alcohol is a chemical substance. DO NOT DRINK, DO NOT SPILL, DO NOT APPLY TO SKIN UNDILUTED (minimum dilution 50/50). And of course, make sure you do not violate local laws when trying to buy this stuff. Continue reading