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 Posted: Wed Mar 8th, 2017 09:55 pm
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I am sure there are threads & posts in this forum on soldering but here are a few outside of YMR
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-solder/step3/Soldering-wire/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQvxXMlhOeo
http://www.wikihow.com/Solder
http://www.aaroncake.net/electronics/solder.htm
http://www.ehow.com/how_376_solder-wires.html




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And as said by others here on YMR, it is a case of lots of practice.. and when I first started to learnt to solder wires back in 1957 in telecommunications, our irons were huge and 75W.



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Hi Ron,

There is a very useful booklet by R. Brewster, "The Art of Soldering" (Babani Electronics Books, ISBN 0 85934 324 3) My reprinting is 2003. Bit outdated since the advent of lead-free solder (which requires a significantly higher temperature than lead-containing solder) and organic no-clean fluxes, but it's a good primer for getting into the black art.

Keep clear of solders and fluxes used for plumbing. Way too vicious for what we need.

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I've got rosin-core solder, I've heard that's good for model electricals and such



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Hi Brendan,

No clean rosin cored solders such as Kester 245 work fine.

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DCCconcepts have now issued to those who are on their mailing list, a comprehensive set of information files all about soldering

https://www.dccconcepts.com/manual/soldering-the-black-art-de-mystified-part-1/
https://www.dccconcepts.com/manual/soldering-the-black-art-de-mystified-part-2/
https://www.dccconcepts.com/manual/soldering-the-black-art-de-mystified-part-3/

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Pretty good how too. Their sapphire flux works on most metals.
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And as said by others here on YMR, it is a case of lots of practice.. and when I first started to learnt to solder wires back in 1957 in telecommunications, our irons were huge and 75W.

Back in Naval apprenticeship days I recall my instructor's dictum in what was the 'Tinsmithing Module 1' was

'Get'it really 'ot, get'it clean, get it in fast and get out even faster....'

With a mini gas hearth and a 12oz iron, my 'box, tinplate, micrometer holding' was not a thng of beauty..

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:mutley They never are when you first start out. Should have seen the remains of the bit of scrap track I practiced soldering droppers to. 
A black art maybe but one I get a kick out of when I get it right.

Thank you for the links.



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My initial attemps at soldering droppers turned a nasty shade of green after a month or two and additionally, the rails slowly disolved.  :shock:

I had been very careful but, as I had it to hand, had used "Bakers Soldering Flux" - an absolute no-no for model railways - it  eats everything in sight unless cleaned off with a pressure washer  :oops: :oops:



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In my previous life as a mechanic I used to have to solder thick cables on lorry tail lifts using soldering irons heated on a gas ring.Soldering on model railway layouts is a luxury for me.



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I learnt with one of those irons Allan.

Back in the day of rectangular 1 gallon oil cans, we had to cut a small square "patch" out of one can and solder it over a hole in another after which, it was checked for water-tightness by the instructor.

Not only was it b###dy difficult to get all the paint off so the solder would stick, but also very difficult to get enough heat into the job with all that tin around.  The hefty, glowing iron did help.



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Heat the joint, not the solder. Simples. (and I am no good at that, but that really is all there is to soldering)



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We wish. 
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