An unusual question -
The soldered joints in the two leaded light panels in my front door have broken
in places and it's getting worse. I need to re-solder the joints. Anyone got
any tips or can point me to helpful sites?
Some questions going through my mind -
Should I take the panels out and lay them flat?
Can I do it with an electric soldering iron?
What sort of solder - plumbers or flux core?
Will the heat damage the glass?
How can I reinforce the panels?
Should I do a course at the adult education centre? :)
Any advice welcome, thanks
Look for stained glass hobbyist sites.
Alternative to taking lights out could be to remove the door and lay it flat
whilst repairing - you might do more damage if you try to remove the leaded
lights from the door. Not a recommendation, just a thought :-)
Funny you should say that.
I have some and need to replace some cracked panes.
Carpenters say its just a matter of a big soldering iron. I think you
can even use an acid flux and lead (not even solder) if you get it hot
enough with a torch, but cracked glass is a problem.
Spldering is used by plumbers to joint lead: A trip to eh local builders
merchants should net ytou the right materials.
I'd probably say the 'solder gun' is the easiest thing to use.
I haven't tried it (yet) myself.
I will probably use large iron,'fluixite' and lead composition soldeer
of the plumber flavour.
No need, but suit yourself
Yes, but it needs to have a BIG tip and/or be powerful.
I am betting on plumbers. Sticks if possible. Don't use resin core.
May do if you use a blow lamp, nevertheless my panes were originally
made with a small oxcy-acetylene torch...
Do you need to?
If you really do my french wondows are done this way.
Small tails of copper wire are slodred to teh panels at stratig
intervals, and simply tied round and twisted to a bar of 1/4" steel
welded across the frame.
For some blow torches you can obtain a large soldering iron bit. This
may be a better bet as you will probably need a large wattage electrical
soldering in order to heat such a large mass of lead/solder. Heat up the
bit, turn off the flame and solder quickly.
Thanks N - I've saved this message. Will be having a go at this soon - I've
found a big old soldering iron in my great granddad's toolbox up in the loft. I
reckon I could heat it on the gas hob OK (when the missus is out of course!).
And I've already got a few sticks of plumber's solder and a tin of flux so I'm
Hi Peter. Those kind of irons are a fair bit harder to use. electric
irons were a real advance. If you must use an old passive iron I'd
suggest reading up on the technique first, as its not the same as with
electric ones. New 100 watters arent expensive, 20 or 30 quid.
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