My favorite half-teaspoon measure hit the floor with a surprising sproing:
The weld lasted far longer than anyone should own a spoon, I suppose, but it wasn’t much to begin with:
Having had much the same thing happen to a measuring cup from the same set, I cleaned the back of the spoon and the front of the handle with a stainless steel wire brush in the Dremel and gingerly re-bent the handle to remove any inclination it might have to break free again:
Some 60% silver solder (the formula evidently changed in the last few decades), nasty flux, and propane torch work produced a decent fillet:
It looks a bit worse on the far side, but I’ll never tell.
Rinse off the flux, wire-brush the joint, wash again, and it’s all good.
I thought about excavating the resistance soldering gadget, but the torch was closer to hand and a bigger fillet seemed in order.
6 thoughts on “Half-Teaspoon Soldering”
You missed an opportunity to disassemble your microwave, extract the transformer, rewind the transformer, construct a spot welder from said transformer and some copper ground rod, and tack weld your spoon back together. What do you think we pay you for around here? :-D
It would look a lot like that mess, I suppose. [grin]
Still haven’t found its Round Tuit, though.
Ed, it makes me tremendously happy to know that you have a favourite amongst your (evidently many) half-teaspoon measures. I look forward to the publication of your magnum opus, “My Life with Fractional Kitchen Measures” …
Well played, sir!
Mary likes plastic spoons with shallow bowls, I favor stainless steel hemispheres. As the man says, “It’s a time for every style …“
I probably would have soldered both sides just to be extra safe or belt and suspenders
I fought that to a standstill, figuring the still-welded joint wouldn’t clean out very well.
IfWhen it breaks, it’ll be easier to fix. I think so, anyway.
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