I can't solder...

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  1. easterik

    easterik Strat-Talk Member

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    Not only can I not solder to save my life but I might actually be the most incompetent person to ever wield a soldering iron. So if you have an electronic item that you would like to make FUBAR, just let me know and in a matter of a few seconds (probably even less) I can get you taken care of and walking away with an object of no worth. My rates are negotiable.

    Thank you. That is all.
     
  2. Boubou

    Boubou Strat-Talker

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    I can solder, but I can’t play.
    So, there is that
     
  3. dbolt

    dbolt Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    A soldering station that lets you dial in specific temperatures. Important.
     
  4. brians

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    Sounds like something to do with military transport.

    I can solder, but it's never pretty like the factory stuff.


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  5. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    Lol, I was using my electric drill today, and the friggin cord got wrapped around the bit at high speed, because I wasn't paying attention. Big mess.
    Stripped the cord proper and nearly did myself a damage.

    Power tools and musos, not a great mix.




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    stratcpo Senior Stratmaster

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    Soldering is like anything else, practice makes perfect. Keep working at it. ENJOY!!!
     
  7. roadhog96

    roadhog96 Senior Stratmaster

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    It’s actually very easy once you learn the basics. You can solder if your willing to spend the time to find out how. There are a few good YouTube tutorials that show you what you need to know.
     
  8. Nadnitram

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    Well, first you enlist. Then there's basic training, and then ...

    Soldier. That's soldier. Sorry, I can't spell to save my life. :rolleyes:
     
  9. thomquietwolf

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    Wait a minute...
    Hold on...
    Let's get this strait...

    Your from Spokane...
    AND
    You can't solder???

    That can't be...
    Just can't...

    Check back tomorrow....
    Sleep on it...

    Is it raining???
    I lived on Crown...

    I can solder...

    I think you're mistaken
     
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  10. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    I think the OP should keep trying. And yeah, there are lots of howto stuff on the web.
     
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    It's technique and understanding the physics of what you are doing.

    You don't need a "Soldering Station" unless you are trying to work with surface mount parts and ICs. Regular guitar and most amp work you can get by with a $10 Harbor Freight single temperature soldering iron. I'm not a fan of solder wick to remove solder, I use a $2 solder sucker off Amazon. Solder on the wires and on the pot first and then stick them together and add a little more solder to conduct the heat and solder the parts together.

    She'll show you some hints:



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  12. Tone Guru

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    I can solder better than I can play. :whistling:
     
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    Same here. :)
     
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    I was using a 40 watt Craftsman soldering iron and always struggled. I went to the hardware store and bought a nice 100/140 watt soldering gun and everything has been soooo easy since. I could never get the pot surface up to temp with the iron but the gun takes only a second or two.
     
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    Keep that soldering gun away from your PUPS or you’ll be buying hew ones.
     
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    I just solder the leads and don't let the heat travel up the wire too much. Thanks for the tip, I'll be building a guitar before too long I hope.
     
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    Using a hemostat or other tight metal clip (there are items made just for this in electronic supply stores, usually aluminum or copper) as a heat sink on the bare wire just past the part you are soldering will prevent heat (and solder, by wicking (capillary action)) from travelling up the wire. Protects the insulation, and if soldering an expensive capacitor, protects it from the heat as well.

    Trained to, and used to train people to, NASA soldering standards in the service.

    Rates not very negotiable. :)
     
  18. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Gold Member

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    SOLDER GUN... ya mean them big black ugly thing that are meant for bus bar soldering and other heavy duty jobs? Get a decent pen. I have always liked Ungar for single temperature pens. They are built well, the tips are readily available, you can change the heating element out easily. The step up from that is a temperature controlled soldering pen as mentioned before, can be dialed in. Most temperature controlled pens have a quick recovery time. These go from sub-100 to hundreds of dollars for production units. Up from there is the solder stations for rework, hot air stations etc etc.

    Just get a decent mid value pen and get your technique down.
     
  19. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Gold Member

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    That was a goal in my life one time. It is like the platinum standard to be certified.
     
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  20. roadhog96

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    I wasn't actually refering to the heat itself but that could be an issue. I was thinking more about using the solder gun around pickups. It's always a good idea to use small heat sinks to prevent heat damage to the pickups and controls and do NOT use a solder gun, because the electromagnetic field created by the large transformer inside a solder gun can damage the pickups. So, you would want to use a soldering iron, not a solder gun with pickups. Don't forget to give the solder gun a rest between each solder joint or you will burn it up prematurely. So many seconds on/so many minutes off. Check the manufactures handbook for the correct times.
     
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