So I just tried my first recable job. It went terrible, and I wanted to learn from that. So I'll quickly post my mistakes and some questions I have about them.
1 - I did'nt clean my iron often, and it was many times greyish instead of silver when I used it. Does this affect the quality of the solder, or just the easiness of working with it?
2 - When I actually tried to clean it up, it barely worked. The solder just formed a bubble that immediately dripped from the iron. I know it's supposed to do that, but I hoped it should stay there a bit more and clean it up in some way.
3 - I had the wet sponge to pass the iron on it, and this was supposed to give me a clean iron, but it just hissed (because the sponge was wet, and the iron was hot...) and it came it grey again. Am I doing anything wrong?
4 - I used Hi-Fi cable, which is 0,75mm thick. This proved very rigid to work it, and bulky. I had a 3,5mm jack and I could not pass an entire stripped wire through the conductor holes. Is this the wrong size of cable to use? I thought it was the average. By the way, in case this is a weird size, 0,75mm equals around 2,95 inches. Too wide?
5 - Finally, I tried to solder both ground cables, from each channel, into the ground conductor. It was terrible, since this added even more bulkiness and created a wire orgy, in which basically every wire was touching another one. How do I get to turn both grounds into a single ground, and should I even do this? Won't it add more crosstalk?
Thanks for helping the newbies =)
PS: The plug I used was this, but in stereo: