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 Post subject: Cool find: Kester solder roll
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 6:32 pm 
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I was at one of those estate sales where the deceased saved everything. I found this in the backyard workshop, and got it for $1:

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Fortunately it was stored with the part stamped with the data on the bottom:

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Most of the solder I've been coming across is white from extreme oxidization and is thus useless, but this still looks good.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 7:29 pm 
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Nice find! I come across this occasionally at estate auctions or garage sales, and even Estes sometimes... you have to look through every box... sometimes there are gems hidden in the bottom. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
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Google wrote:
The 4890–4898 Sn60/Pb40 RA Solder Wire is an electronic grade solder wire. ... It melts at a slightly higher temperature and over a wider range than the 63/37 solder. It results in robust and reliable joints that are highly resistant to whisker formation.
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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 9:30 pm 
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A diameter of only .015" is awfully small, really only suitable for fine printed circuit work, I'd say.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 10:25 pm 
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I'm taking mine with me when I go. :evil:
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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
PostPosted: Apr Sun 14, 2019 11:45 pm 
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What I do with the fine solder is twist several strands together to use with the old radio work. Cut the strands in say 3' pieces and lay them together. twist the ends a little bit and chuck one end in your cordless drill , pull the trigger and there you have it in no time flat.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
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Wear goggles. When it breaks it will whack you. :D Oh variable speed....

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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
PostPosted: Apr Mon 15, 2019 8:49 pm 
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This is probably from a small hardware store as the display box was mixed with both radio and pluming solder. Still couldn't pass it up.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
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One thing I can't find is pbsn bar solder. I bought a small solder pot
and don't want to use wire solder in it.

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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
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Here's my supply; some'll probably outlive me.


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 Post subject: Re: Cool find: Kester solder roll
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That is what my Kester stash looks like, but it is all "expired" and thus not usable for official purposes! Solder makers hit paydirt when they declared an expiration on solder, that lets them sell you more when you don't need it yet. And I was in a shop where we got audited looking for items like that. So it was like, freebies on stuff that "expired" like chemicals, spray paint, lubes, solder, etc. I even have teflon tubing in the bags that is "expired".

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