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Long enough ago that I almost forgot about it, I got Robert a Meggy Jr. We had time this afternoon to find the soldering iron and solder, and with the rain coming in the afternoon, it seemed perfect.
Imagine my chagrin, as Robert was using the soldering iron I think I got in high school, when I read in the directions as it discussed soldering irons, “Seriously. If you use one that is old and busted, or a $10 radio shack iron, or that thing from the dollar store, please expect to spend at least twice as long soldering.”
For the record, the 40 year old soldering iron Robert is using does not seem to be holding him back at all.
And he is not one of those who enjoys the smell of solder (and yes, it is lead free solder — even from back then).
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