My Hakko FX-888 soldering iron arrived with a broken connector on the soldering iron base. The iron is able to plug in but the plug itself pushes into the housing and twists. I bought this fancy soldering iron to fix things. As an experiment, I wanted to repair the soldering iron instead of returning it for a new one. It seemed like the right thing to do. Do. It. Yourself.
The soldering iron is easy to take apart. The four screws holding the cover to the base are hidden under the rubber feet. The Hakko felt like it was made to be repaired. The transformer had easy-to-access screws and everything used standard screws. My issue was with the connector. The front of the connector was snapped off and even cracked into the soldering iron base. I choose Super Glue for the job. All I needed was a good layer of glue around the front and back of the connector. The repair worked perfectly.
Super Tips for Super Glue
Now, before you go out and start super gluing everything, you need some practice and the right tools. I also have some tips from my years of Super Glue use. Welcome to my TED Talk.
Buy lots of small tubes of Super Glue. Dollar stores in the United States sell tiny tubes for pennies. Don’t be a hero. After you use a tube, throw it away.
Get Insta-Set accelerator spray. Super Glue is made of cyanoacrylate and is referred to as CA. Even though it sets fast it still takes time if you use a lot. A quick blast of Insta-Set spray and the glue will set… instantly.
Get a silicone mat. One of the best purchases of my maker life was buying a bunch of silicone mats. Super Glue gets on everything and it will damage desk surfaces. A silicone mat is handy for Super Glue and hot glue. And, for projects with your kids. Get a bunch of them in different sizes. Thank me later.
Get silicone stir sticks and brushes. Another great accessory for any type of gluing is getting a set of silicone stir sticks and brushes. I pool up my super glue on the mat and use the stir sticks to apply the glue. These tools are useful for other types of gluing as well.
Get silicone finger protectors. I make a lot of things with hot glue and super glue and silicone fingertips save me every time. I have burned my fingers and super glued them together many, many times. Super glue sets instantly on your skin and you will not like trying to pull them apart.
If you know if any tips, please share them in the comments. I am always learning little things here and there.