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hey fknyguy-

not sure 'where' in WI you are.. but we have a few makerspaces here.  smiley-wink

Matter of fact the MMS (Milwaukee Maker Space) just moved into a killer new building!!

anyways.. I would suggest you just get a $17 dollar toaster oven from Wal-Mart instead of trying skillet..  especially in a college setting.

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I would like to do the reflow oven, but it so much more expensive than the skillet.  You need the thermocouple, the monitor, a relay, and other stuff.
I'm up in Menomonie, we have a hackerspace supposedly (according to the hackerspace wiki) but I don't think its actually there.
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How far from the madison maker space are you?

Menomonie .. far West eh?.. ouch.

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"I" personally do NOT have any of that stuff on my toaster oven..

its exactly as I explained it to be.. a $17 toaster oven form wal-mart.. lol..

nothing else added to the mix..

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Yea pretty northwest.  I do live in a suburb of madison when I'm not at school though so I could use their makerspace during the summer I guess.

Wait! how do you know if your stuff is reflowed and all that?

plus, how do you get the solder paste on the pads of say a SSOP without a stencil?
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Wait! how do you know if your stuff is reflowed and all that?


I watch it? you can see it.. happens quick.. will heat up.. and dry out a bit..getting grey/ashey... (the solder paste).. and then all of sudden will get shiny and flow out..

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plus, how do you get the solder paste on the pads of say a SSOP without a stencil?

carefully?  lol...  I use stencil.. and order the.. (they are not cheap!)  $30 a pop..

but you can try to use a tooth pick of syringe..etc..
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eye hav bean makking mi own bords four meny meny many 365 deys, usen the thermeal transfur method.

tit hasnt done me any hearm wot so ever, cerry on.

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Is there something wrong with your keyboard?

Yea that's pretty much the only way for hobbyists to do it.
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A LOLcats DIYer?  Thought I'd seen it all.
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@jonisonvespa - LOL, keep it up then, you seem a-ok smiley-grin  I think I'm going to go lick some solder and see what happens.
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Lead is sweet, and solder lead is chewy.  When I was a wee baby, my crib was lead-based paint. Makes for a good afternoon snacking/licking... like living in a giant sweet lollipop cage.

It caused me brain damage... made me do things as a kid... like skateboarding without helmets or paddings, biking without helmets, or riding in cars without seatbelts, playing with mercury from broken thermometers (that was fun), and other dangerous stuff. It's a miracle I'm still alive.   
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