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when I heat up a larger gauge wire, like 14 ga., the wire doesn't ever get hot enough for the solder to "flow" into the strands.  i've tried with two different plug-in irons, one is brand new.  is it just not hot enough?
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Great guide  -  thanks budHow to Solder, beginners guide - Page 3 -- posted image.

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How many watts are the soldering irons?  You should be using at least a 100/140 watt.  What kind of solder are you using?

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so your supposed to let the heat suck the solder to the iron through the wire kinda? damn i always just melt the solder into stuff by touching solder right to the iron touching the wire..
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so lifesaver, are you saying flux is kinda like an acid? i had no idea why that stuff worked.. this thred id very useful
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I was trying to find that Matco soldering gun. doesn't seem to work.  Is it working for anyone else?     TomBk
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To the folks asking about solder iron watts and not being able to heat large gauge wires. For most of the soldering I perform, 15-30 watts is enough. The problem with not being able to heat a large gauge wire is probable a small tip on your soldering iron. The tip should match the job. Small tip for say a lead on a transistor, 1/4 watt resistor, 24 awg wire. The larger the wire or component, the larger the tip should be. For tinning 16 - 10 awg I have a wedged tip thats about 3/16" wide.

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hello   that was an excellent tutorial on soldering!
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I was trying to find that Matco soldering gun. doesn't seem to work.  Is it working for anyone else?     TomBk
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how does one solder while wires are hanging from the steering column and etc....?
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