I don't want to pick up another career or spend 20 years learning electrical repair, but I would like to learn something about this area. I don't care for ham radios or tv repair either. But barring that, I was wondering if anyone knew of any books or web sites that could help someone learn about this area? I'd like to try small interesting projects. I have a basic understanding of electronics, Ohms laws, resistors/capacitors in parallel v/s series...I guess that is about it. My practical knowledge is limited to car stereos, amps and speaker.
I've been looking at sites like instructibles.com and a few others that have some neat projects but most just jump in over my head. I have no knowledge of "bread boards" or how to use them, though I have a general idea of what they are.
I can't solder but I've been trying to learn. I can't seem to get the solder to "wet" the solder gun or the wires I'm trying to solder.
It seems like now days everything is just deposable. A few things I've taken apart have been encased in a resin or epoxy. What's up with that? Heat dissipation or repair prevention.
Any suggestions or advice would be most appreciated.