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    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by Firebird21

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by Do-Clo

    Firebird my professor would have failed you on the quality of your solder joint[]<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

    I said constructive criticism.
    I was never taught how to solder. Yet another skill I was forced to figure out on my own.


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    Kidding with you firebird the procedure you posted is good, if you invest in a good soldering iron, you will find it much easier to solder and get a good joint. The gun like you are using is really too big for soldering small wires. Pick up the one Tim has here on your your next order you will find that you like it.


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    Tell me what don't you like about it and I'll fix it.

    There's nothing I can do about the Iron, sorry.

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    I just spot solder joints more than most because I have done it for so long. When finished the solder joint should be smooth and shiny, in the picture one of yours looks to be sorta grainy not smooth. I found after years of trial and error that a 800 degree iron works the best for soldering, it heats up the joint fast and allows you to get a nice solder joint quick.

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    I thought you were going to say I have too much extra wire there.
    I know it's bugging me.


    It's cruddy because I never cleaned the gun before its Photo-Op.

    I didn't think anyone would care. lol

    When I get a chance I'll fix it just for you Do-Clo.[]

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    Just a quick shime in <font color="red">DO NOT USE A COLD HEAT GUN</font id="red"> I fried a hasbro sound board that way... <font color="purple">DARN LAWS OF PHYSICS</font id="purple">.[][}]

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    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by Firebird21

    I thought you were going to say I have too much extra wire there.
    I know it's bugging me.


    It's cruddy because I never cleaned the gun before its Photo-Op.

    I didn't think anyone would care. lol

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    I was going to let you slide on the extra wire but since you mention it.[}]

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    Sometimes I say it doesn't matter. Especially if it's not going to show.[] If you have a lot of wires close together that extra may count, but otherwise heatshrink it and cover it up.[]

    Like for my clear one... I'm not going to give you guys many opportunities to critize my soldering.[] I'm going to use those types of quick disconnects you just crimp on the wire. That way it looks better with the heatshrink to cover the wires and I won't have to worry about resoldering if a wire comes off, just plug it back on.[]

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    Come on Xwing we wouldn't pick on you very much[}]

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    How are these Solder joints Do-Clo?




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    If you want the truth the joint is not that strong because the soulder is sitting on top of the pad and not blended with the solder already on the solder pad of the led. You did not apply enough heat to flow everything evenly. I wish I could show you a picture of a smooth solder joint but my camera doesn't do that well close up. I have never had a problem with wires coming off because when the solder joint is evenly flowed with the right amount of heat you can pull the wire into but not break the solder joint. Remember you asked.

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