are there any alternatives for soldering?

like the title says, i'm looking for an alternative for soldering, one that does not require heat.

i've been putting off several projects for a very simple reason: there is a highly sensitive smoke sensor in every room of this building, and i'm not allowed to remove any!

right now the only solution would be to go to my parents but it would take me 30 minutes to get there. and it's not the season to go sit outside.

(for those wondering how sensitive the smoke sensors are, steam is enough to set them off sometimes.)

Get a vacuum cleaner and a filter and make your own extractor.

why didn't i think of that...

tjvkooten: like the title says, i'm looking for an alternative for soldering, one that does not require heat.

So wherver you are, there is some important reason why your not supposed to build electronics stuff and you expect to be told how you can build this electronics without it being detected ?

Soldering produces very little smoke - unless you are doing something wrong - can't you open a window to provide some passive ventilation.

There is no alternative that comes close to the reliability of a soldered connection. I have also never seen a soldering iron set off a smoke detector, and I've been soldering since I was in elementary school.

You should complain to your landlord about the malfunctioning smoke detectors - most smoke detectors become super-sensitive like that when they are left in use past their spec'ed lifetime; If that's what's happening to yours, this is not only a nuisance for the residents, but a fire safety hazard as well.

There's also the trick everyone used to use to smoke pot in the dorms back in college - a ziplock bag over the alarm, held in place with a rubber band - not that I condone disabling safety equipment!

srnet: So wherver you are, there is some important reason why your not supposed to build electronics stuff and you expect to be told how you can build this electronics without it being detected ?

i am allowed to build electronics here the problem is that i live in a healthcare facility, and due to them being responsible if something happens, they placed these smoke sensors, the one in my room isn't that bad, but the one in the kitchen, lets just say don't burn your food.

they are also tested every month, so it's probably intended to be this sensitive. (it's a bad idea, due to the amount of false alarms we don't respond to it anyway.)

Wear a ventilator.

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we are talking about soldering and not MMA welding aren't we

i'll see if i can find an old vacuum somewhere, if that works it would be an easy solution.

You can get fume extractors for less the the price of a half decent soldering iron. Fume extractor Although you can spend hundreds on them.

jackrae: Soldering produces very little smoke - unless you are doing something wrong - can't you open a window to provide some passive ventilation.

Rosin smoke is commonly created.

But so does 'normal' cooking and if that doesn't set the alarm off then a dab with the soldering iron isn't - unless it's all being done in an unbelievably small room

Smoke alarms have different sensitivity to different types of smoke /fumes. You should use a fan to blow the fumes away from your face anyway, this will dilute the fumes enough to prevent the alarm going off. I use an old computer fan (but then I still use lead solder). I set the fire alarms off where I worked by just charring some paper with a heat gun (did I get into trouble for that) yet a copier fuser fire didn't set them off.

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