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Great Soldering Tip!

Post by UnlikeKurt » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:02 am

Do not solder up a big ol snake for your studio without first sliding the connector pieces onto the cables.

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Post by RoyMatthews » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:09 am

That kills me just hearing about it...
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Post by A-Barr » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:09 am

Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh.

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Post by bluesman » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:19 am

I'll go you one even better.........when soldering TRS 1/4" plugs.....solder the sleve FIRST!!! then ring & tip can be cut to length & soldered. I could never figure out how Redco & others made such a beautiful looking job of TRS plugs until I soldered a couple of hundred while making lots of studio interconnect & snake cables. I had always done it just as the plug is defined...Tip, Ring, then Sleeve, and it always looked like complete crap. I finally figured out on the last 20 or so connectors... solder the Sleve FIRST! Now my diy cables look & function just as good as the pros..........it only took me 30 or so years to figure this out.......you learn something new every day......hopefully!
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Post by ??????? » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:51 am

Who among us has NOT made a similar mistake? I know I have. Fortunately mine have all been on one cable at a time. :D

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Post by Jeff White » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:10 am

Uhhhg! That SUCKS! And I though just an XLR or TRS cable at a time was bad.

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Post by A-Barr » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:26 am

My favorite soldering mistake was trying to make a balanced power conditioner out of found transformers, no fuse!

I did not know a room could fill with smoke that quickly.

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Post by joelkriske » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:14 am

As someone just about to buy a weller...
bumpity bump bump.
and thank you! i hereby vow to make sure others learn from my mistakes!

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Post by radiationroom » Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:14 pm

Do not solder up a big ol snake for your studio without first sliding the connector pieces onto the cables.


:skeptic:




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Post by littlesongs » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:24 pm

Oh, the humanity!

I remember reading this -- http://www.aikenamps.com/SafetyTips.html -- a few years back. It has a good deal of sound advice, and a very important reminder:

Never solder in your underwear (don't ask!).

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Post by rolandk » Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:56 pm

If you are desoldering and removing a wire from something like a plug or a pot terminal, don't pull the wire towards your face. I've gotten hot solder splashed in my eyeballs a couple time and its no fun.
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Post by radiationroom » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:22 pm

littlesongs wrote:Never solder in your underwear (don't ask!).
How about soldering while being butt naked?!?! That could potentially be even more painful!!! :nonono:

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Post by xhavepatiencex » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:22 pm

I honestly just did this to a mic cable and decided i cant handle it right now, so I checked the TOMB haha.

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Post by ??????? » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:44 pm

Here's one:

Take as much time as you need and do whatever you need to do to make sure that whatever your soldering will hold its 'finished' position by itself without you holding/touching it before you bring the iron near it. This will make the joint better and also save you from getting burned in one of many different ways.

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Post by A-Barr » Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:05 am

rolandk wrote:If you are desoldering and removing a wire from something like a plug or a pot terminal, don't pull the wire towards your face. I've gotten hot solder splashed in my eyeballs a couple time and its no fun.
ALWAYS wear safety glasses while desoldering, unless you're a fancy pants with a desoldering iron/sucker.

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