Anyone know how to solder wire?


Old 08-08-05, 10:30 AM
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Anyone know how to solder wire?

I am trying to solder an RCA plug head to the ends of a 14 gauge wire.
If you can tell me or point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.
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Old 08-08-05, 11:41 AM
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twist the wire toghether, or as tightly as possible then heat the joint with the solder iron, and touch the solder to the joint and let it flow in.

dont touch the solder to the iron to melt it, the key is to heat the jointenough so that the solder melts onto it.
Old 08-08-05, 12:51 PM
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yep, and make sure you heat the wire first, then touch the solder to the wire. You'll know it's the right temp when the solder "flows" INTO (not on top of) the wires and they take on a shiny "wet" look like the melted solder. Don't overdo it with solder or heat! At this point remove the heat from the wires and hold the joint very still! It only takes a few seconds to set the joint, but this is critical. If you've done it right the solder joint will be nice and shiny, and there won't be drips of solder hanging from the wire. On the other hand if the solder turns a dull gray with a grainy surface you've probably got a "cold" joint - do it over!

suggest you practice a few times on scrap wire.

oh - and make sure the solder is for electrical connections
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Tin the wires and plug first.

Flow solder thru the twisted wire first, put a little solder on the tip of the plug first. This gets the surface clean and fluxed. Also it will make a good joint with less heat.

Then put the wire in the plug and heat the plug till they both melt together.

Tin the braided shield and a spot on the jack housing and then melt them together.

If you tin right you will not need to add anymore solder. Adding a little is ok.

Keep it clean and practice till you dont get things too hot.

A little tutorial:

Hope that helps.
Old 08-09-05, 09:44 AM
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Thanks! I will give it a try.

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