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05-23-2019, 09:12 PM
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Posted By marine6680

Ypu solder to the outside... It looks like the...

Ypu solder to the outside... It looks like the silver areas are the solder pads, exposed and easy to get to.
05-05-2019, 11:33 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Never wearing out is a stretch, but you can make...

Never wearing out is a stretch, but you can make them last a long time.

The plating is going to react to the solder and O2 in the air, just at a slower rate. Keeping the tip clean, tinned, and at...
12-31-2018, 09:15 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Hakko clones are pretty widespread. The quality...

Hakko clones are pretty widespread. The quality will vary between them, but it is hard to know if spending $50 on one version is better than $25 on another.

Fortunately, the tech isn't difficult...
11-20-2018, 09:55 PM
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Posted By marine6680

Soldering to a commutator... If you have...

Soldering to a commutator...

If you have reached that point... Something has gone wrong... Very wrong.

I can't see a reason to be soldering to a commutator... Why are we opening up the motor?...
11-20-2018, 09:47 PM
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Posted By marine6680

Unless you are getting very expensive extremely...

Unless you are getting very expensive extremely high silver content solder, or very special alloy mixes... The difference in electrical conductivity is at best a few percent. (of the IACS standard)
...
11-19-2018, 11:52 PM
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Posted By marine6680

Always 63/37 There are other viable formulas...

Always 63/37

There are other viable formulas of solder, but 63/37 is just easier to work with and it's performance is very good overall.

​​​​​​It tends to cost less than an equivalent amount of...
10-10-2018, 12:42 AM
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Posted By marine6680

The method shown in the video for solder cups...

The method shown in the video for solder cups works. It is plenty fine for most solder needs.

I don't use that method for aerospace though, not considered reliable enough for critical connections.
09-01-2018, 12:58 AM
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Posted By marine6680

A simple flick does work usually. Dropping onto a...

A simple flick does work usually. Dropping onto a surface isn't necessary most of the time.
08-31-2018, 04:18 PM
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Posted By marine6680

I will admit to using a method like the drop...

I will admit to using a method like the drop method mentioned. Usually when not at a bench and not having wick with me.

Such a method does remove most of the solder very quickly though.

Solder...
08-17-2018, 12:12 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Something is simply wrong with that solder. That...

Something is simply wrong with that solder. That is not normal for a quality 63/37 lead tin solder.

Buy a reputable brand from a reputable source.
05-24-2018, 09:40 PM
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Posted By marine6680

I cannot stress enough the importance of the...

I cannot stress enough the importance of the right tools for the job.

An iron that does not have the heat capacity to heat up a large joint quickly will just slowly heat up the whole assembly.
...
04-19-2018, 12:01 PM
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Posted By marine6680

You got a good reply. It is also possible...

You got a good reply.

It is also possible that the specific formulation of solder used is causeing an issue. New regulations in several areas, means that most have transitioned to lead free...
02-07-2018, 12:28 AM
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Posted By marine6680

When I tin a wire, I hold the iron on the bottom,...

When I tin a wire, I hold the iron on the bottom, and feed solder from the top. The solder flows to the heat.

Quick and easy...

But you do need to practice, all of soldering requires some...
02-04-2018, 10:18 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Use more flux, that will smooth out the flow of...

Use more flux, that will smooth out the flow of solder better.

That is a versatile tip size... But it may be a bit on the small size for larger wires, a bit more heat may help. Bump it up 10-15...
11-09-2017, 09:52 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Usually that is a sign of too little flux, or...

Usually that is a sign of too little flux, or possibly needing a slightly higher temp.

Another cause can be a dirty tip, or not wiping off the excess solder from the tip before starting the next...
11-07-2017, 05:58 PM
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Posted By marine6680

Do you mean .031? .31 would be huge! ...

Do you mean .031?

.31 would be huge!

For soldering wires and battery terminals, .031 would be a good size. It is a bit big for fine work on circuit cards though.

It's a kind of all purpose...
06-07-2017, 06:14 PM
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Posted By marine6680

$70... that sucks. they quality of the alloy...

$70... that sucks.

they quality of the alloy is important.
06-05-2017, 09:01 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Should be shiny. Could be contamination...

Should be shiny.

Could be contamination causing it.

If the solder is old, and you do not use flux, it will not flush away the contamination and oxides very well.
06-05-2017, 08:59 AM
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Posted By marine6680

It should be fine... The flux may dry out and not...

It should be fine... The flux may dry out and not be very good, but the alloy itself should be fine.

I have used stuff that is a few years old, and had no issues.

Generally though, new is...
05-29-2017, 12:12 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Either is fine. More flux in the core of the...

Either is fine.

More flux in the core of the solder, can be helpful though... Especially to those who do not apply flux.
05-19-2017, 08:09 AM
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Posted By marine6680

I'm glad it is helping people.

I'm glad it is helping people.
04-13-2017, 12:00 PM
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Posted By marine6680

Not a problem... Metal wool is commonly used...

Not a problem...

Metal wool is commonly used as well, as it is more aggressive at cleaning a tip. The specially made is similar to chore boy scrubbers.

The metal wool does clean an overly dirty...
04-12-2017, 03:36 PM
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Posted By marine6680

It's not a problem if you don't get off all the...

It's not a problem if you don't get off all the old solder, it's more important to get the flux residue off. You just want most of the old solder off, so you do not accidentally add too much solder...
04-09-2017, 12:58 AM
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Posted By marine6680

Thats a fixed temp iron. From what I can...

Thats a fixed temp iron.

From what I can see, tip selection controls the actual working temperature of the tip. I can not find info on the type of heating element.

It is possible that the...
04-08-2017, 11:18 AM
Replies: 624
Views: 268,309
Posted By marine6680

You need an iron that has a lot of thermal mass. ...

You need an iron that has a lot of thermal mass.

You need the iron to hold heat and put it out quickly to the wire.

You can't cheap out on the iron for this, and the tip shape needs to be wide...
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