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5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Aug 6th, 2019 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's getting dark, too dark to see . . . [turns on lamp] "Oh there's the screw driver!" (:oD

I'm probably the worst person ever at soldering, but I somehow get the job done. I wrangled with installing a new loaded pickguard in one of my Strats this afternoon. Since I don't have a work bench, the wrangling occurred on the floor in our den. Ouch!

ps - The American Deluxe HSS loaded pickguard I got pretty cheap from the Stratospehere sounds killer cool in my American Special Strat.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Aug 6th, 2019 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

What? No kitchen table?



Leftee
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Aug 6th, 2019 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those businessmen didn’t drink *ALL* your wine, did they?

(-;

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Aug 6th, 2019 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I weld, solder, clean guns on the kitchen table and counters. I set up th bike jack on the kitchen floor... I get in trouble for it.

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discontinue use.
Aug 6th, 2019 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Many years ago I knew a guy who was rebuilding a VW engine on his kitchen table. The table collapsed in the middle of the night and killed his dog. True story.

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GospelBilly!
Aug 19th, 2019 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Our kitchen table has a glass top so that's a no go.

Our dinning room table is wood, but my wife would kill me if I used as a work bench. THAT SAID, at least it would get SOME use! (:oD

We don't have a basement which pretty standard out here.

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I qualify!
Aug 21st, 2019 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

There are lots of fold out table options. Sam some nice one at sams club that were around 48 inch when opened.

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 21st, 2019 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have soldered countless pickups, pots etc. I take pride in having the ugliest solder work with 0% failure. :-p

In all seriousness I think I'm approaching "done" when it comes to that kind of work. While recent cataract surgery has improved my eyes I've developed some kind of crazy essential tremor when approaching my target with the soldering iron.

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Aug 21st, 2019 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Our kitchen table has a glass top so that's a no go."

Dave, visit your local Hopeless Deep-O and head to the aisle where they sell project woods (poplar, oak, dowels, etc.). That's the aisle where you'll find smaller pieces of plywood. Get yourself a pre-cut 24" x 24" section of 1/8" thick Masonite. Check through the entire pile and cherry pick the nicest, flattest one. All will usually have at least a little bow to them.

Place this on the table and do your work atop the Masonite. Set it down so the slight bow (if any) faces up. That precludes the thing from rotating as you work.

It will protect the tabletop, and it's super easy to store because it's thin, lightweight, and will slip between the wall and other stuff in a closet, or even hidden behind a piece of furniture in a small apartment.

If your social standing may be negatively affected by having raw wood in your home, get to a craft store or sewing supplies place and buy a cutting mat. These are available in various sizes and roll up for storage. Most are marked in inch grids and other helpful geometry.

Cutting mat

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Aug 21st, 2019 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah...if you do go with the cutting mat option and you roll it up for storage, roll it with the top facing out.

That keeps the ends from curling upward and making you crazy when you are using it.

Get one larger than you think you'll need (24" wide, minimum). You'll thank me later :o)

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:18 AM, Aug 21st, 2019)

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GospelBilly!
Aug 21st, 2019 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo you're scaring me! This sounds like a job I should outsource. (;oD

AND . . . our "social standing" is who the crap knows or cares. We're suburban cast aways.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Aug 22nd, 2019 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

mama take this gun off me

Or

Hey Joe, what ya doing with that gun in your hand?

We've all felt the way you do. Don't sweat it!

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Aug 22nd, 2019 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was once pretty darn good at it but after a multi-year layoff I was generally disgusted with my last effort. It got the job done but, mercy me, the word sanitary does not come to mind.

(This message was last edited by Doc Sarvis at 08:32 PM, Aug 22nd, 2019)

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Aug 23rd, 2019 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was once qualified to solder aircraft components and was good enough to be selected to train others. I don't think my solder work is of the same quality that it used to be but I can still see good enough to modify my guitars. At least for now. I used to fix amps and pedals that other people had given up on. Though in recent years I have burnt up some traces on a few circuit cards.

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Aug 23rd, 2019 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

The bigger the blob,

the better the job!

Leftee
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VA

Aug 23rd, 2019 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ Holy cow!!! ^

littleuch
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Florida

Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Aug 23rd, 2019 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's what you get when you use a 1500W iron.

Te 52

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Aug 23rd, 2019 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...That's what you get when you use a 1500W iron..."

Or a cutting torch ;-P

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If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 23rd, 2019 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a regular soldering-iron jockey. Or is that a flux-core technician?

Anyway, I think I do a pretty good job of putting things together and avoiding cold-solder joints. And having worked as an electrician for many years, I have a high respect for the hazards and am pretty good about basic trounbleshooting.

I just don't know a heckofalot about 'lectronics, so my work is more the paint-by-numbers variety.

My current dining room table has the best light and most comfortable seating so that's where the magic happens. A large piece of cardboard is usually laid down to protect our $400 Craigslist table top.

Pinetree
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Come at me bro.

Aug 23rd, 2019 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Somebody say Solder?






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