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Old 07-31-2005, 07:32 PM
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You have various soldering tools to use. You have the soldering guns as in the Weller type, you have soldering stations that you can very the voltage, you have soldering irons which you see a lot of people that make stained glass use, and you have a torch. Personally for inside of a vehicle and where you do not have real good access do not use a torch. You can get a larger soldering iron for larger wire. These heat up quite a bit hotter and have a larger heated surface for heat distribution. Normally we use this type at work for soldering lampholders to the ferrules and very rarely for wire. Most of the time soldering stations with variable voltage adjustment are used. Larger tips and more voltage for larger wires and smaller pencil tips and lower voltage for smaller wires and electrical components on circuit boards. Crimp connectors are fine and perfectly acceptable as long as the proper crimp tool is used. The cheap crimper's just crimp flat or mostly flat and can let the wire eventually pull out. A proper crimp tool will keep the wire strands in a tighter bundle while creating a good tight crimp. Also if some people think that a crimp connection is not any good for an automotive application, just figure that there is 12-14 volts going thru the connector. That same connector can carry 440 volts in an AC application. Here is a good soldering tutorial. CHECK IT
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