Full Disclosure: I took tech ed in high school and almost failed the soldering part. I did fail the woodworking part because I accidentally sawed my project in half when it was 99% done. Thankfully, the woodworking project didn’t count because the teacher put the projects in storage and forgot where he put them so he just gave us all As on those.
Anyway, I understand how to solder. I can solder when I have to and stuff generally works when I’m done. But I’m nowhere near good at it. Today, I forgot that soldering irons get hot. The first incident was when I was holding a wire with my fingers and ran the soldering iron along the wire, running a beautiful bead right onto my finger. Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to first put the iron back into the holder before I got up to rinse the finger with cold water.
The second incident was when I moved the iron away from the work but kept it in my hand. Without paying attention, I managed to somehow start a paper napkin on fire. It didn’t take much effort to put it out but it did almost start the big pile of newspapers on which I was working on fire also.
So in the interests of personal safety, I would urge anyone to beat me senseless the next time I threaten to solder something.
BTW, the “project” was a heating pad controller that I’d previously repaired twice. This time, I think it’s really dead because it doesn’t work now, even though I get continuity across the switch. I think maybe I damaged a trace or two on the PCB. (Yes, the iron I was using was designed for PCB’s – my uncle is a PCB testing engineer and I borrowed it from him.)