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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 starsGreat Introduction For Adults, Teens, Homeschool, Extra Curricular Topics, To A VERY Useful Skill
Reviewed in the United States on 16 February 2018
Although I have built computers for years and worked on electrical devices, I am sad to admit that I never took the time to get the hang of soldering. I have done a few very easy things, but never really learned how to do a good job of it. This book seemed like the perfect introduction. Let's see how it measures up.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK LIKE? First of all, this is an introductory book. It is not comprehensive, but an introduction on how to do basic electrical and mechanical things. The first 44 pages are a good explanation of tools, accessories and photos of what you will want to be familiar with in all sorts of soldering situations.
There is a nice project that is simple that helps you understand how to build a simple circuit. The materials are not hard to get and the materials list is complete so you can check off what you need to be sure you have it all when you want to start the project.
The last third of the book is devoted to learning how to solder basic electronic components, circuit boards, splice and connect wires, and finishing your work properly. There is a section on fixing mistakes and troubleshooting, and the very end has some introduction to more advanced soldering of surface mount devices (SMD). There are lots of photos and hints to make your work high quality and effective.
HOW DID I FIND THIS BOOK IN HELPING ME I really found this book to be helpful. Most of my desire was for circuit boards but I really enjoyed learning the basics of the circuit and how to use the tools that I have had for a long time in my computer kit. The book is an excellent introduction and took the mystery out of soldering. I really got a lot out of it and my daughter, an aspiring electronics wiz is now eyeing the book as well.
My daughter is more of an auditory learner and I am a visual learner and this book works well for both of us. There are lots of photos that help visually to grasp the concepts.
WHO MIGHT LIKE THIS BOOK? Not only would this be great for adults like me who never took the time to learn soldering, but it would be great for 4-H projects, computer classes, homeschooling, extra curricular study beyond school, and a way to help those who tend to like tinker to give them a taste of soldering and see if they can incorporate it into fine work that they might do in the future.
THE BOTTOM LINE There are many occasions for simple soldering. This book helps you get your feet wet and learn the basics of this very useful topic. Lots of photos and clear explanations make this book appropriate for adults and teens alike. It is a great skill to be familiar with.
MY RATING FIVE stars for this. It is just what I needed to get me going with soldering. I also am impressed with how easy my teenage daughter grasped the book and took off with it as well.