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Old 03-15-2006, 11:31 AM   #1
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I have tried many times to solder wires together and also tried to attach deans plugs. What can i say i suck, or im doing something wrong. Is there anyone in the Ottawa area willing to teach me how to do this properly????? LOL i have already shocked myself with my battery(cutting the wires to make them shorter), so you can see how much of a newbie i am.
any sort of help verbal or hands on would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 25W soldering iron, and a 100-140W gun (but needs new tip)
and i also have 60/40 rosincore solder .32gauge.

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Old 03-15-2006, 11:57 AM   #2
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Go to the R/C Ottawa club pages and check out the club forum. You'll be sure to find someone willing to help you with soldering. There is a race scheduled for tonight if you can make it to the track.

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Old 03-15-2006, 12:00 PM   #3
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To start with, both surfaces to be joined must be CLEAN.
Use sand paper, steel wool, whatever, but get down to bright untarnished metal, and if there is a layer of clear laquer or oil, it has to come off too.

Make sure the hot iron is clean. Wipe it with a bit of rag or paper towel to ensure the tip is clean, and if not, you may have to apply some paste flux to it and wipe it, often repeatedly. (Some irons you can file to get to a clean surface, but many should not have this done to them.) Then "tin" the iron by applying a bit of solder to the clean tip. It should be shiny with a film of melted solder.

You may wish to lightly "tin" the individual pieces to be joined, but this is not mandatory, just makes them come together quicker and easier. This is not always possible due to the nature/structure of the items being joined.

If possible, mechanically join the two pieces to be soldered. Ideally you should have a solid mechanical joint before you solder, ie twist two pieces of wire together.

Apply tinned tip of the soldering iron to the work pieces, if possible I like to place the iron underneath the joint so any convection that occurs will help me. Heat the pieces with the hot iron while you simultaneously touch the solder to the opposite side of the joint . When the workpieces are hot enough to be soldered, the solder will flow and and capillary action will draw it into the small voids between the pieces.

Apply just enough solder to affect a solid joint, extra solder does not make a better joint. Finally, without disturbing the joint remove the iron and solder and let it cool. If it cools with a shiny finish, (no hazing or crazing on the surface, you have a good joint.

When soldering small items, like components on a cirduit board or fine wires, use a low wattage, small tip iron., get good and hot, get in quick, apply the solder and get out just as quick to avoid toasting stuff nearby as heat is conducted rapidly along wires, copper etch etc.

When I was being taught to solder in the Signal Corps, we had to strip the wires, make the joint, cut it off, strip the wires, make the joint, cut it off.....

You get the idea, practice, practice, practice.
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Watch this guy's videos on soldering.One of the vids is specifically about soldering a deans plug!.They are excellent
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:02 PM   #5
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WOW thanks a bunch guys, you are deffenatly a big help. that write up and those links were great.

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their is also a paste you can buy and you apply it and then heat it up with a regular ol bic lighter and that is supposed to work as well as the iron .. never tryed it so im not too shure about that but good luck with all your soldering .... btw that short write-up was sweet
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