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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2008, 9:39 pm Thread Starter
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Soldering tips?

I am in the process of wiring up my Strebel horn, and Centec fuse panel which will power my dash electronics, motolights, and an additional powerlet. The soldering is going well until I try to solder wire-to-wire involving the 10 ga. wiring I am using. Does anyone have any tips to get better results? I am using a 45W soldering tool. If I am just soldering a connector to the 10 ga. wire, no problem getting the solder to melt. But wire-to-wire seems to have a problem getting hot enough to melt the solder. Suggestions???

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The prolem you are having is the 10 gauge wire is conducting the heat up the wire. Try this, get some flux ( you find it in the plumbing section of Hd or Lowes). Coat the ends with flux then heat the wire. The flux makes the solder flow better.

You may want to consider a 10 gauge end to end crimp splice. I've used them on ten gauge wire on motorcyeles with out a probelm.

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+1 on the flux. It really makes a big difference. Radio Shack sells it as well.

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You need a bigger iron, or a gun. 45w is for a Vespa.

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This stuff is the balls...works with just a match....http://www.lawsonproducts.com/webapp...earch%3DSOLDER
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Try pre soldering each end by itself to "Tin " it.then put the two pieces together.Helps as then you are only melting the solder not trying to heat both ends of the wire.
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You need a bigger iron, or a gun. 45w is for a Vespa.
I thought you could get away with a 15W if it was pink...

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The prolem you are having is the 10 gauge wire is conducting the heat up the wire. Try this, get some flux ( you find it in the plumbing section of Hd or Lowes). Coat the ends with flux then heat the wire. The flux makes the solder flow better.

You may want to consider a 10 gauge end to end crimp splice. I've used them on ten gauge wire on motorcyeles with out a probelm.

Charlie
I did use some flux, but maybe not enough. Although, it was sizzling when I applied the iron.

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Try pre soldering each end by itself to "Tin " it.then put the two pieces together.Helps as then you are only melting the solder not trying to heat both ends of the wire.
This is sort of what I ended up doing. I really didn't tin each wire individually though. I just melted the solder down into the connected wires. I worry that the solder didn't "seat" well enough to may satisfaction. Guess time will tell.

I think the best bet would be to go with a more powerful iron. I think maybe one of the adjustable ones might be the best investment.

Thanks for all the recommendations. This board is da bomb!!!

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note the 2 kinds of flux, the plumbing kind is an acid, not good for wire, you want rosin core solder which is for electrical
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