Quick Soldering Question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by donaldm444, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. donaldm444

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 16, 2010
    I had several PCB fabricated recently and I am in the process of soldering manual switches onto the boards. There is a large number of switches per board making, and I was wondering if there is any harm if I use a little bit of Elmer's glue to hold the switches in place while I solder them.

    I was also considering using hot glue (since it melts at a higher temp), but there are no PCB traces on the top of the board where the glue will be placed so I thought Elmer's glue would be easier.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Crispin


    Jul 4, 2011
    I normally use blu-tack to hold bits in place if they are a problem. If you careful, you can place a lot of parts, lay down the sheet of blu tack, solder and pull the sheet away.

    No mess and no cleaning.
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  3. sni9er

    New Member

    Oct 21, 2011
    I have little experiance with Elmer's glue, but i know hot glue is great with PCBs

    to my knowledge i havent seen any research or reports of delaminations or other PCB deformations from using said adheasives

    go crazy :), my only advice would be to read on how elmer's glue reacts to heat
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  4. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    As long as the glue does not get involved with the wire or the metal you are soldering to, there is no harm and no foul. You need both sets of metal contact to be soldered as clean as possible though.
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  5. ErnieM

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 24, 2011
    And as we all know, Elmer's Glue is environmentally safe and it's also is cleaned by water.