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Hi Allen - no need to mess up the soldering iron tip. The heat from being near the tip or body round the heating element is enough to melt beeswax. It need never touch the soldering iron tip, and if it does goes liquid and drops off. 73 Michael Mi5MTC
On Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 5:22 PM, Allen Poland <atpoland@...>
Michael: Thank you for your input. Never considered or ever used beeswax in my life. I doubt if that stuff is available in this “black hole” of WV! Maybe commode seal….. I don’t know what is used here anymore. Only drawback I can see is messing up the soldering iron tip.
From: QRPLabs@groups.io [mailto:QRPLabs@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Clarke
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [QRPLabs] coils and glue
BEESWAX - The old-fashioned option of beeswax is perhaps best of all. It is hard, solid with smooth surface, and sets likewise, without hot glue's whiskers catching untidy all around.
Held over the target with a hot soldering iron near, it melts readily, runs and drips into place.
Likewise, to remove, it again melts with modest heat held near.
I got mine from a hard ware shop that had supplies used by furniture makers and polishers.
Not a new idea, copied from George Dobbs's QRP writings.
And widel used in the early days of radio home construction, from before the word electronics was invented.