Tool Tip: Cleaning A Soldering Iron Tip

Still working on the electronics for the 3d printer, my overdue thing a week, so posting another tip I’ve just discovered regarding cleaning a soldering iron tip quickly.  Simply remove the tip, place it very carefully in the chuck of a cordless drill and spin it against some sandpaper.  I’ve only a cheap iron so no qualms over doing this, for fancier irons you may want to think twice.

There may be good reasons for this being a bad idea and if so feel free to get in touch, until then it seems to work a treat!

Cleaning a soldering iron tip using a cordless drill and some sandpaper.
Cleaning a soldering iron tip using a cordless drill and some sandpaper.

Hope this helps and that I’ve the damn electronics finished soon!


I’m still getting to grips with CAD, I’ve not really used it since school, and I’ve always preffered jotting things down on paper.  At the minute it’s quicker and sketching ideas down on paper seems to make things more real to me.  Diffcult to describe but true.

Today I needed some graph paper to draw a quick plan of the required cut for the desk project, B&Q can do the heavy lifting this way, but with the prolification of spreadsheets such paper isn’t easy to come by.  Unless you have a printer that is…

I came across this wonderful site that allows you to generate paper to your specifications, including everything from engineers paper to music score sheet and guitar tab.  Put in what you want and it spits out a PDF.  Very useful for when you need a couple of sheets of something rather than a whole notepad!