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post #3451 of 10318
Are you using flux core solder?
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Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post

I did sand my tip thinking that could be the problem. It repulses solder like oil to water but I don't know why since the tip is clean.

Also a quick note to everybody: I hope the thread isn't quiet because of me. Don't let my little issue disrupt normal conversation. The only reason I posted here and not privately is because I like to hear troubleshooting hints and feedback from everybody.
post #3452 of 10318
Its cardas quad eutectic with silver content. I'm pretty sure it is flux core.
post #3453 of 10318
Yep, it is. It should coat the iron tip like melted butter... With the iron hot, try cleaning the tip with a wet cloth.
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Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post

Its cardas quad eutectic with silver content. I'm pretty sure it is flux core.
post #3454 of 10318

It's basic stuff, you need to put solder on the tip first. If your tip dont melt solder then it's burnt or rotten. Don't know the English word for it, but in french the tip need to be "étamée"

If you cant, then buy another soldering tip for you iron. And yes use flux to solder to bigger metal piece and scratch the part on that metal piece to help get a grip for the solder. Your solder or any cheap solder have flux in them and work the same. What you need is liquid flux that you can apply to the metal part it will work (if you have sorted your burnt tip beforehand).


Edited by telecaster - 6/22/13 at 4:22pm
post #3455 of 10318
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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

Yep, it is. It should coat the iron tip like melted butter... With the iron hot, try cleaning the tip with a wet cloth.

I did do that, and the iron melts the solder just fine, almost instantly. It just won't coat the tip for some reason so I cannot "tin" the tip properly. Didn't have this problem last time I used it so I thought cleaning the tip would help but it didn't.
post #3456 of 10318
Weird....and I'm sure horribly frustrating. frown.gif If its not sticking, there might be a contaminant on the tip or a spot in the solder without rosin. Clean again and maybe try a section of solder a few inches deeper on the roll? I'm out of ideas after that.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post

I did do that, and the iron melts the solder just fine, almost instantly. It just won't coat the tip for some reason so I cannot "tin" the tip properly. Didn't have this problem last time I used it so I thought cleaning the tip would help but it didn't.
post #3457 of 10318
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post


I did sand my tip thinking that could be the problem. It repulses solder like oil to water but I don't know why since the tip is clean.

Also a quick note to everybody: I hope the thread isn't quiet because of me. Don't let my little issue disrupt normal conversation. The only reason I posted here and not privately is because I like to hear troubleshooting hints and feedback from everybody.

 

This thread was setup to:thumb: encourage conversation and posts just like wink_face.gifyours.

post #3458 of 10318
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post


I did do that, and the iron melts the solder just fine, almost instantly. It just won't coat the tip for some reason so I cannot "tin" the tip properly. Didn't have this problem last time I used it so I thought cleaning the tip would help but it didn't.

Just buy another cheep iron at Radio Shack that would be better then screwing around with that one.

and buy one at least 30 watts if you are soldering on that ground.

post #3459 of 10318

I have two soldering irons plus a solder gun from the auto parts store for $10. I still have the soldering iron that I used in my projects as a kid that is still in good shape.


Edited by john57 - 6/22/13 at 6:12pm
post #3460 of 10318

The friend who was going to help me got his vehicle trashed badly by the massive hail storm that went through here just now.  I will have to revisit this once the bigger fish are fried.

post #3461 of 10318
Thread Starter 

Sorry about the weather conditions - I had blink.gifNO idea y'all were dealing with challenges that way.

post #3462 of 10318
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Sorry about the weather conditions - I had blink.gifNO idea y'all were dealing with challenges that way.


After hearing from some people I guess my part of town got off easy.  Literally 5 minutes after I left Walmart it got hammered by this hail storm.  The storm broke all 195 skylights in the building and shattered the windshields of most of the cars in the parking lot.  They had hail and flying plastic shards all over inside the building.

 

Crazy stuff.

post #3463 of 10318

Sounds very scary.........

post #3464 of 10318
Thread Starter 

And it's almost July... now that's crazy!

post #3465 of 10318

I just got a new RCA 5U4GB and a CV1863 5ZVG for my Glenn amp.

 

Have a great holiday Glenn, you've deserved it. Have fun!

   
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