Hello all. This is my first post on this forum and I'm excited to be a part of this common interest in life and this forum. I need some help with a pair of V-Moda earbuds w/mic for my iphone. From the start: 1) 1 earbud was constantly going in/out of sound 2)Post inspection, I narrowed it down to a piece of fraying wire at a junction of two wires 3)I researched online. (sadly, not from head-fi) 4) I decided to purchase/replace a 90 deg switchcraft jack since failure was common at the jack from the research done. 5) I snipped the wires so now I have 3 wires (1 to each earbud and 1 to the headphone jack) 6) I am at a standstill so I can research Now given I am at this point I am ready to proceed but I didn't want to be too impulsive. I can solder but I am brought some different types of application with this wire that I have never worked with. The wire is really thin and have a sort of threading intertwined within the fabric sheathing that houses both of these. Now I'm asking you all if my assumptions are correct and then some. -prep the wire by scraping off the paint insulation so I have solderable copper and get correct heat shrink tubing and slide it on prior to soldering. -I just cut off the threading and solder the copper? -the major junction was covered by some sort of metal cylinder covering. How could I solder the three wires to form a smooth junction that is heat shrinkable? -There are two tabs on the 35HDRANN switchcraft jack. (1 thin,1 fat) which one is ground and what goes where from headphone wires-switchcraft? -It having an in-line mic, are there any concerns I should be aware of? I like these a lot because I can talk on them and they're decent earbuds. Please help me and give some advice.