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Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by John Pine, Oct 7, 2004.
I’ve got 12 gauge Home Depot wire.
But it might come in handy to assure you're using all the strands and none of them shortcuts to the other wire.
(On some connectors it might also make it slightly less handy to bend it to the proper curve.)
Cees: Thx, that's exactly what I wanted to know.
What you might do is tin just the very tip of the wire, not the whole thing down to where the insulation is stripped back. This will eliminate the “strays” and still leave the flexibility, if you need it.
Wayne A. Pflughaupt
Good tip, errrr...I mean good idea. Thx Wayne!
Does it matter what type of solder I use?
Use solder intended for electrical/electronic work, typically 60 tin 40 lead rosin core.
Do not use acid core solder or soldering paste. Solid solder may work also but it is more difficult to work with because without flux (rosin) it won't tin the wire as readily, and lower tin mixtures and non-lead mixtures require a higher temperature soldering iron.
When soldering transistors, IC's, and other semiconductors, get the lowest melting point solder you can, even if it contains lead.
Good info! Thanks Allan!