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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:27 am 
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I'm building my first DSLR, and all the soldering is proven to be my biggest challenge yet. I have big hands, and those wires are small.... Plus, all I had was a bigger pistol style soldering iron, it gives off alot of heat. I have a smaller pencil style iron coming today via Amazon. I also have a holder ordered for holding the two pieces together that are to be soldered. It has alligator clips on it, as well a magnifying glass for my crappy eyesight. Hoping it goes better after I get the right equipment. I could never do soldering for a living.... Lol

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The smaller soldering iron will make a big difference as will a magnifier; then practice, practice, practice on scraps. Always make sure you have enough flux on both of the items to be connected and use small diameter solder. Most of us get a lot better at it as we go along.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:07 pm 
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I was terrible at one point in time... like Woody said you will get better with practice. Stick with it. I have gotten quite good surprisingly. You will as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:16 pm 
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I agree with Woody and Daryl...it will get better. I invested in a soldering station(Weller) and a jewlers hood(Donegan Optivisor). Both have made a huge difference! i still haven't mastered desoldering though lol


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:41 pm 
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I tin my wire ends before soldering.
I use flux on all of my connections before soldering.
If you don't do the above first. There is a likelihood that you may leave the soldering tip on the contacts too long in order to make that solder. If you do then depending on what you are soldering. The excess heat may cause big problems :Hammer As soon as your soldering tip reaches temperature, soldering the connection should happen very fast on contact.

I also use a fine point tip, a jewlers hood (Donegan Optivisor) with my reading glasses and lots of light too. I'm OK at soldering and I feel that I am getting better with practice.

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