A Guiding Line

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Soldering block markups for precision placement

By Helen I. Driggs

It seems that no matter how exact you think you are (or used to be), the older your eyes get, the harder exactness becomes. I’ve always had issues lining up things on my soldering block due to a vision problem, and lately I have had to unsolder more work than I’m happy with. I’ve finally decided to take action and mark some helpful guidelines on my soldering block.

To mark your own guidelines, you’ll need a new soldering block, a ballpoint pen (not a Sharpie), a T-square, a ruler, a 90-degree angle, and a circle template.