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This really does cover the basics from the tools you need to start off with simple tips he has gained over the years. Its a really good buy. Especially for beginners who want to know simple straightforward about soldering.
5.0 out of 5 starsDefinitely will benefit the novice
Reviewed in the United States on 28 December 2017
As someone who learned mainly by trial and error, let me say that any novice would be well-advised to read this book before attempting any projects and going the trial and error route like I did. The book covers all the basics and while soldering is not rocket science, success demands that it be done properly, with the right kind of soldering iron, tools/accessories and procedures. This book will give you all the information you need. There's also plenty of color pictures that provide helpful guides and examples.
It's organized well, and easy to understand. I'd say anyone who is new to soldering will definitely benefit from this book and it's a handy thing to keep on hand as a refresher, too.
The only quibble I had, a minor one, is the author seem to waffle on the use of lead-free solder. While he warns of the dangers of lead-based solder, he also says he prefers it for his own use and says how it is more difficult to use lead-free solder because of the higher temperatures required. For a beginner I think it is easier to use lead-based (60/40) solder and take the easy precautions the author mentions when using it. But like I said, that's a minor quibble. This book is a great, worthwhile resource.