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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2005, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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How to solder?

Long story short - I can't solder to save my life.

I sheared off the power line to the fuse box next to my battery in my YJ. It broke where the cable is screwed down on the side of the box with two screws.

Can I solder this? If so, I need to learn how. I have attemped it a few times to no real success on other projects. This one seems tough with the gauge of wire.

If anyone could post links to soldering resources I would appreciate it. Also, is it worth fixing this?

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Re: How to soder?

Here you go and its spelled solder, but you were close. It's pretty easy, just try it out a few times on some scrap wire before you go fo it.

http://www.aaroncake.net/electronics/solder.htm
http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/solderfaq.htm
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Re: How to soder?

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I sheared off the power line to the fuse box next to my battery in my YJ. It broke where the cable is screwed down on the side of the box with two screws.

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First how is the line connected to the fuse box? Maybe there is enough extra wire to simply reterminate by crimping on a new end.

Next is there enough wire and room to use a crimp butt splice?

The above wouldn't require soldering.

And if all else fails, here are some links:

<u>Soldering Technique</u>

<u>The Basic Soldering Guide Photo Gallery</u>

<u>Proper Soldering Technique</u>

<u>Electronic Assembly Technique</u>

Hope that helps

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Re: How to solder?

Thanks. I'm an engineer, spelling is always bad.

The connection that broke was a direct line from the battery. The terminal on the post has two lines - one to starter and the other to the fuse box. The part that broke was an integrated end that went to a flat part - like a cake icing spatula.

There is enough wire to reterminate it. So I'll give it a chance. Although there really isn't a terminal at this end. The end snapped off while changing the battery and moving the cable out of the way.

Thanks for the links, that is exactly what I needed. I think the tip on my soldering gun is bad and makes more problems.
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Re: How to solder?

If it broke between the crimp and the two bolts, I have fixed one of those on a friend's YJ. I did it with a mig though. That was months ago and it is still working fine.
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Re: How to solder?

Np on the spelling. I can't type to save my life so i usually mis-spell myself [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] - a good solder iron/gun like weller usually will always work better then the radio shack special.
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Re: How to solder?

Have the weller (dads old one) - bought new tips. Works like directed. My problems started with my dad. I asked him how to. He basically showed my how to burn up the tip (Thanks Dad [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]). You could say that he too had some issues with soldering.

Dale - thanks. The last link - I think it was 75 pages - I sent it to the printer here in the office without looking how long it was. oops.

I also refered to the directions to solder some water pipes in my house over the weekend.

Thanks again. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: How to solder?

Hope you didn't use the same flux on the wires you used on the pipes...
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I hope he didnt use the same solder on the pipes that he did on the wires. Never use solder with a lead base on pipes that carry drinking water, BAD.
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Re: How to solder?

Yeah its bad, but a lot of older houses still have lead pipes and are unaware of it. My dads house for example built in 1885 has lead pipe from the street to the meter. I've tested it multiple times and the levels are within a safe number.
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