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bsag
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Guess who taught herself to solder from YouTube and has soldered her very first project? Quite proud 😊

ronguest
ronguest

@bsag Congrats! Lots of fun projects once you know the basics like that

bsag
bsag

@ronguest Thanks! I was really intimidated by the whole idea of soldering for so long, and now I don't know what I was frightened of. If you read some guides first, watch some videos and take your time, it's really not that hard to do the basic stuff. I feel empowered to make all the things!

renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@bsag I even fail at the basic stuff. I tried soldering many times, and I’m still as bad at it as a newbie.

I’m happy for you you seem to have enough hand-eye coordination to get through the simple stuff.

I never had. I even fail at IKEA furniture. Putting together a simple table took me days, and it’s all banged up. Those schematics are just impossible to read.

bsag
bsag

@renevanbelzen That's interesting. I'm ok at following instructions on the whole, and I guess that my hand-eye co-ordination has probably improved a bit with sewing. I hadn't even plugged a soldering iron in before this project, but I found that once I got the feel for how long to heat something and how to handle the soldering wire, I got on pretty well. I do need a magnifier in future though - my ageing eyes did not thank me for having to stare at tiny components!

renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@bsag I’m ok with following instructions too. It’s understanding instructions where I tend to fail.

bsag
bsag

@renevanbelzen :-) I always wish the Ikea instructions had more verbal explanation, but I understand why they don't. I remember it took me a few bodged Ikea builds to understand the 'Ikea-way' of explaining things.

ptrck
ptrck

@bsag nice work!

renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@bsag I don’t have enough income for that kind of learning. Getting rid of failed builds is expensive too, since I don’t own a car. I just put up with crooked furniture until it falls apart and have to build another disaster, uhm, IKEA flat pack. Their instructions clearly aren’t thoroughly tested, not for those low prices. Good copy writers are expensive and rare.

bsag
bsag

@renevanbelzen Very true.

bsag
bsag

@ptrck Thanks!

bsag
bsag

@renevanbelzen When I said 'bodged', we lived with the mistakes we'd made in building the thing, rather than buying new. They just about held together...

renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@bsag Yes, the universe is as imperfect as IKEA furniture, both are bodged together through mistakes, or they wouldn’t exist.

sod
sod

@bsag You're right to be proud; that board looks glorious!

bsag
bsag

@sod Thanks! I was surprised that it turned out as neatly as it did.

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kirschen
kirschen

@bsag h'rah!!!

bsag
bsag

@kirschen It was exciting when I inserted the battery and turned it on for the first time 😬🎉