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tankd0g 
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Posted: February 14, 2007 at 6:56 PM / IP Logged  
Just wonddering what technic most people use to solder a wire to an existing wire.  I used scotch locks while I was figuring out wiring my starter but now I have to go back and solder.  Do you just use the heat of the soldering iron to strip the insulation as you solder the wire on or do you have to use a knife to removed a secion of it?  The wires are pretty delicate, 18 gauge or smaller, so I don't know if I want to have at it with a razor blade :)
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You need to remove the insulation from the wire you will be soldering to. If you do not, you will melt the plastic into the wire as well as the solder, if you even get the solder to go through at all.
Mikeshonda750 did a "How to solder" post a while back, give it a read here.
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Twelvoltz wrote:
You need to remove the insulation from the wire you will be soldering to. If you do not, you will melt the plastic into the wire as well as the solder, if you even get the solder to go through at all.
Mikeshonda750 did a "How to solder" post a while back, give it a read here.
 
That's great, thanks. 
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Get an automatic wire stripper and a good gun [my preferance] dual heat type. strip off 3/8 inch for the main wire, take the wire to be attached and fan out the strands [this helps in making the intital wrap nice and tight and also not too bulky] Put our gun to the connection pull he trigger, let it heat up and melt some solder onto it. Whenthe solder gets shiny and it will suck into the connection, your done. Tape it up and onto the next one...
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I've looked around but I can't find a wire stripper that does this, what does it look like?  Is a single fold of tape the proper way to do it rather than wraping around a number of times?
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Mac, Snapon....they all have good strippers....(ha ha)

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Ya can get them at home depote, lowes, menards about 15 bucks.. As far as the tape goes, I use 3m super 33 and take about an inch and a half and just wrap it nice and tight so it wont unravel or there arent any strands pokeing through the tape... the tighter the better, It just makes for a nice clea install...
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Hymer wrote:
Ya can get them at home depote, lowes, menards about 15 bucks.. As far as the tape goes, I use 3m super 33 and take about an inch and a half and just wrap it nice and tight so it wont unravel or there arent any strands pokeing through the tape... the tighter the better, It just makes for a nice clea install...
 
Is there such a thing as shrink wrap tape?
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Well I checked out Home Depot, Cnd tire and Walmart, couldn't find a stripper that does this, can anyone post a link to one?
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