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clancy
26-04-2012, 06:58 PM
hi can anybody give me advice on wire glue as i am a terrible solderer is it any good //chris

Flashbang
26-04-2012, 07:04 PM
Hi
IMO, Its not suitable for long term connections!

The way to good soldering is to practice, practice and practice some more until you're confident and good at soldering. Use some scrap wire ends and a piece of old track to practice on.

Of course you'll need a good soldering iron with a first class condition tip (I use a 25 watt Antex) and ideally some lead content rosen cored solder. Try to avoid lead free solder which requires a higher temperature to melt.

Do ensure the area to be soldered is clean, use a fibre pencil or scrape the area with a file or screwdriver blade to make it clean.

southern
26-04-2012, 07:13 PM
i allway's use flux when i solder. and tin the end of the wire before i join them to the track

Flashbang
26-04-2012, 08:18 PM
Do not use acid based flux when soldering anything electrical!
All acid based flux must be washed off, which is not possible with electrical joints.

Using any acid based flux which isnt fully washed off, will over time result in a failed or high resistance joint due to the acid eating away at the joint.

Normally with a well cleaned area, a hot and correct wattage iron (with 1st class tip) and rosen cored lead content solder, any additional flux isnt needed.

However, if you must use a flux for electrical work then only ever use flux specially produced for electrical soldering, such as.... Carrs Orange label, or DCC Concepts Sapphire flux or a 're flow' soldering flux.

You may find the item published here of help.... Link to Soldering topic (http://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2368)

southern
26-04-2012, 11:28 PM
thank's flashbang. but i used to work for DER and comet year's ago on tv's/ video/hifi. do you remember those red escort mk1/2 estate's and van's. plus the odd viva ha van. had one for a week and blew the engine up oil all over the place. that was the end of that for me. back to a ford.

clancy
27-04-2012, 04:55 PM
thanks for that it seems i had better take some soldering lessons//chris

alfaz-di-pi
27-04-2012, 05:31 PM
Hi Clancy, I was a bit like you when I started, never used a soldering iron or held one for that matter, however after a bit of practice, and melting plastic ties, I eventually got the hang off it. Like I saw in another post, you can use some old wire and track, and practice on it, it will come to you eventually.

Albert.

Robotstar5
27-04-2012, 09:21 PM
When I was taught to solder we used the copper wire stripped out of household twin & earth cable, cut up into short lengths. Nice copper that solders easy, just watch your fingers as copper is an excellent conductor of heat!.

These days I use a welder more than a soldering iron for "sticking" metal together.