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I suck, any tips?
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Sigh.... You guys are terrific..
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Re: Tips For Soldering.

I deleted the bull****, and I had better not get one single PM about it.

I apologize to the OP, hopefully we can move on.

Here are the three things that will help you the most.

1. Make sure you have at least a 40 watt iron with a correct size tip.

2. Make sure both the tip and the what you are trying to solder has been tinned. If you don't know what that means, Google "tinning wire and/or solder tip"

3. Clean the backs of pots with a brillo pad, high grit paper or emory cloth. Trying to solder wire to the back of a dirty pot (yes even a new one is dirty) is a lesson in frustration.

Can you elaborate more on exactly what you are having trouble with.
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Re: Tips For Soldering.

Since the first reply to your question, the only one that was helpful and pointed you directly to the thread where I've posted a ton of useful wiring links and a bunch of soldering info, was somehow deemed childish--here's the link to that thread:
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/an...ad-110579.html

Sure, the rest of the posts in here were pretty dumb, but that one was the only posts that provided the help you need. Go towards the bottom of the first posts and look for the Info On Soldering.



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I deleted the bull****, and I had better not get one single PM about it.

I apologize to the OP, hopefully we can move on.

Here are the three things that will help you the most.

1. Make sure you have at least a 40 watt iron with a correct size tip.

2. Make sure both the tip and the what you are trying to solder has been tinned. If you don't know what that means, Google "tinning wire and/or solder tip"

3. Clean the backs of pots with a brillo pad, high grit paper or emory cloth. Trying to solder wire to the back of a dirty pot (yes even a new one is dirty) is a lesson in frustration.

Can you elaborate more on exactly what you are having trouble with.
40watt iron can be too much for sensitive electronics in a noobies hands dude.
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40watt iron can be too much for sensitive electronics in a noobies hands dude.

Not really...

You have the same chance to cook a pot with an under powered iron by holding it too long trying to get heat in there.

So he kills a pot or a switch learning, what is he out, maybe $10.

A CTS or Bournes pot can take some abuse.
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Not really...

You have the same chance to cook a pot with an under powered iron by holding it too long trying to get heat in there.

So he kills a pot or a switch learning, what is he out, maybe $10.

A CTS or Bournes pot can take some abuse.
That's what I was trying to say earlier, that practice is a great tip because it gives you experience. You learn from your mistakes, and improve. Although alaska's link is a great page to look at. You could read a hundred pages of soldering tips, but practicing will improve your technique. Although to eyebanez, make site the iron is nice and hot, to really get the solder flowing, probably one of the most important things to remember. Acid core solder can not only eat at the electronics, but alto your soldering tips, mu one tip right now is getting a dimple in it from that I think. Hope this is useful, and u apologize if I offended anyone earlier
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Re: Tips For Soldering.

As a beginner, just go pick up a $15 iron from Radio Shack--that's good enough for now. Upgrade after you hone your skills.



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But don't get the cheapest one either, I had bought a 5 dollar no name one, rift in the middle of using it, big spark came from it, and it was fried, lol. I'm using a welled red iron right now, seems pretty good
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I've got a really nice soldering station that has temp control--love it.. Got it free from work years ago when we shut down the electronics classroom.



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Great all around iron for under $50.

http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100-...9238745&sr=8-1

Even cheaper knock off

http://www.amazon.com/Stahl-Tools-Va...9238745&sr=8-2

The solder you want is Kester 44 Rosin Core Solder 60/40
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I bought a 10 dollar gun that takes about 6 seconds to melt the solder after I've pressed the button. I don't feel that you can go to hot, as long as you're comfortable with the temp...
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Not really...

You have the same chance to cook a pot with an under powered iron by holding it too long trying to get heat in there.

So he kills a pot or a switch learning, what is he out, maybe $10.

A CTS or Bournes pot can take some abuse.

Well with that 40w iron if you forget to clean just one time...

Just saying its a little easier to start with a lower wattage iron, the higher wattage is better for sure, and gets thinner coats, but it definitely steepens the learning curve a bit.

That said, Imma have to get one of those Stahl VVT stations! Looks cool and a great price for a variable soldering iron! thanks.
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