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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2001, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need some soldering tips - Never done it before...

Hey everyone, need a little help...

I have a mono/stereo jack plate to install in my recto cab and need to solder the new wires from the jack plate to the speaker terminals. *I have zero experience with soldering of any kind, much less soldering electrical contacts.

What is the best technique for insuring good quality soldering? *Do I heat the wire with the iron then simultaneously place the wire and solder together on the contact terminal, or do I heat the terminal first or both? *or am I totally off base.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2001, 03:54 PM
 
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You can :read: *up on it here and also here.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2001, 04:07 PM
 
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Good links Brian..
I find it comical that the 2 links you provided *seem to contadict each other in at least one area LOL
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Just like Ice cream everyone has a different flavor for doing something on their own =o)
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LOL!!!

The thing that stuck out the most was 1 said DO NOT put solder on the and the other says
Step 4 "Apply a very small amount of solder to the tip of the iron"
LOL
i thought it was hillarious in a *logistics kinda way

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those are a tough read (better photos would speak 10,000 words) but i think they both meant to prime the iron/lead with light amounts of solder before applying the actual solder over the joint... glen
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I think I get the idea. *I do some practice runs first. *Thanks for the help. *More pictures would have definitely been better for those sites.
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Always *tin* the wires, the connection, and the tip of the iron. The melted solder on the iron will transfer heat so much faster to the joint than a dry iron will.
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I remember my first attempt at soldering something...

I wanted to solder a new plug to a power supply and my father had a huge 150W soldering iron that should be used for industrial purposes. The tip of it was 1/2" and as soon as I tried to solder the plug it was completely covered with solder.

Bad idea, at least I learned that you should have a small iron for small things
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Rich/Glen
right on.
I was merely pointing out the idiosyncrasy of the two.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-01-2001, 01:34 AM
 
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Well just like anything else it's best to have a couple of piece's of wire to practice on to get the real feel in this case. Yes I agree about the photo part. Maybe that will be another tutorial for my site some day....
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