Belkin Soldering Irons
Do you have one? If so, take it apart and check the wiring inside.
Just broke the screw that holds the bit in one of ours and found the internal connectors between the flex and the element are joined by the only trusted method when in a hurry for testing something.
TWIST AND LEAVE!
No solder (ironically!). No tape. No proper joint blocks. Just twisted together, and left.
NNGH! I hate Belkin stuff anyway but this just takes the biscuit!
Put it in the bin and buy a GasCat, no electrics to go wrong in one of them babys, just need a fill up of butane everynow and again
The reason for doing a lot of soldering in the first place is having next to no budget to replace anything - that includes the soldering irons! ;)
fair enough...this is assuming you work in a school....can you go steal one from your D&T department? thats what i did when ours broke first time
Often borrow a lot of kit from DT :) Thankfully our on site caretakers are damned useful with these sort of tools too. He's drilled me a new hole and fitted a longer screw to it, which doubles as a fantastic quick-solder point as it conducts heat better than the tip!