will shortening a soldering iron heating rod cause a problem?

I need to shorten the end of my solder iron so i have more control of direction and make it more like a pen.....can i cut it down so my fingers are nearer the tip without causing a problem.....thought it might cause a problem with heat distribution and overheat..........i have no clue about anything electric related

was also wondering what material i can rap around the rod as a grip to hold it closer to the end if cutting is not an option......

many thanks in advance if you can advise......A

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If you are talking about shortening the tip then you will run into problems because it is iron coated to stop the solder from dissolving the copper. If you are talking about cutting the element then you will run into problems because it will no longer work.

Soldering takes practice but one of the best things you can do is give yourself a solid base from which to work. That means the piece you are trying to solder should be stable on the bench and then, holding the solder in one hand and the iron in the other, rest your forearms on the edge of the bench and operate from that position. Don't try and do it with the whole of your arms flapping about in the air, you introduce too many degrees a freedom.


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