[time-nuts] I love the smell of tantalum in the morning

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 6 17:12:17 EST 2016

On 11/6/16 10:47 AM, Adrian Godwin wrote:
> You might also want normal cold tweezers to place the part. I'm not sure
> what an orange stick is, around here I'd use a wooden toothpick. Perhaps
> that's the same thing !

An orange stick is a piece of wood about 1/4" in diameter which has been 
tapered and then trimmed to a chisel point. I don't know if they were 
originally colored orange, or they're made from the wood of orange trees 
or what.

A quick google says they're also used for nail art and cuticle pushing, 
and are made from orangewood.  I note that orangewood doesn't 
necessarily mean "wood from orange trees", which I can't imagine being a 
good lumber to process (small diameter, not straight, etc.).

I would guess that they're made from fir or birch or something which 
comes in logs and has straight grain - essentially a giant toothpick.

Any way, they are non-magnetic, non conductive (but not an insulator, so 
they're ESD safe), a thermal insulator (so the heat on your part isn't 
sucked into the tool).

They're also great for pushing a SMD part off the pads gently when the 
solder has been liquified.

And for holding copper foil snowflakes when tuning a microwave circuit

> The Swiss Venus tweezers have a lovely finish and the ends always meet.
> There are probably others as good.
> If you get some placing tweezers, make sure they're antimagnetic. Some
> small parts (even resistors, that I wouldn't expect to contain steel) seem
> to stick even to stainless steel. I've also heard bambooo tweezers are
> good, but have never tried them.
> On Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 6:17 PM, jimlux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> On 11/6/16 9:24 AM, Scott Stobbe wrote:
>>> I would not recommend purchasing soldering tweezers without trying them
>>> first. They are not easy to control solder application when mounting a
>>> component.
>> tweezers to remove
>> single iron to install
>> use a orange stick to hold the part down while you solder each end.
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