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Soldering gun troubleshoot

Are there any safety measures to consider while using soldering gun?

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  • m_ejaz_786 Apr 05, 2009

    dear i have a pana flex joint heat gun whear ihave joint the two pieice convrt in to a one piece


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# Never touch the tip of the soldering gun. They are very hot and will give you a nasty burn. # Take great care to avoid touching the mains flex with the tip of the gun. The gun should have a heatproof flex for extra protection. An ordinary plastic flex will melt immediately if touched by a hot gun and there is a serious risk of burns and electric shock. # Always return the soldering gun to its stand when not in use. Never put it down on your workbench, even for a moment! # Work in a well-ventilated area. The smoke formed as you melt solder is mostly from the flux and quite irritating. Avoid breathing it by keeping you head to the side of, not above, your work.

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