Soldering Tips?

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Any ideas/tips on soldering the analogue board? The soldering on pins 8-12 went swimmingly and the removal of the jumper at J78 also came out without a hitch. I just can't seem to get the wire to attach to pin 20.

I've been struggling with the this all morning and am wanting to get the project going.

Jack

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Though others will disagree w

Though others will disagree with me, I find it easier to simply modify the wires in the harness than to try and solder in such a small cramped area. Doesn't really answer your question (I'm a complete novice at soldering myself), just my two cents.

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Tinny

(Maybe asking the obvious, but...)Did you pre-tin the wire?

Maybe if you could give a bit more detail on what the problem is with pin 20...solder won't melt, won't stick, too bloody small, etc. Wink

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Novice solderer..er.er.er

It's been a good (bad) 15 years since my last soldering project. Could I isolate pin 25 by simply pulling the foil on the harness rather than using a Dremel?

Jack

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Re: Tinny

Yeah, but the area is way way way too small for my fumbling hands. I finally got the jumper soldered, but now I need a beer . I was wondering if anyone had a special trick or two they'd like to share.

I found that a cooler iron (425 F or so) worked better than one at 500 degrees. 400 took way to long to heat up.

Jack

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Re: Tinny

JGallemore wrote:

I finally got the jumper soldered, but now I need a beer. I was wondering if anyone had a special trick or two they'd like to share.

A trick for the soldering or for the beer? ;D

My dexterity isn't quite what it used to be, so I find using tweezers or those 'extra hands' clips to hold the wires in place are a big help.

A clean, well-tinned iron is always necessary. I usually kiss the iron to a jar of flux once it's heated up then give it a wipe on some paper towel or a rag (or the sponge that came with my Weller iron when I've remembered to give it some water) - even if I'm using flux-cored solder.

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Re: Tinny

Hey, any tricks for beer and we'll start a new forum.

The extra hands clips were very helpful. I didn't have to use them when I was younger, but of course, the components were a bit larger then too. I'll try the iron in the flux trick next time I fire up the station. I think I'm done today with the solder station.

If you see a big plume of smoke over Oklahoma, you'll know that I didn't quite get the solder job right. Otherwise, I'll be gearing up for a Takky mod next.

Thanks for the levity.

Jack