On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, James Morris wrote:
Another factor to deal with is how thick the solder is that you are using. The thicker the solder, the more heat it takes, causing plastic to melt. Get really fine solder and it takes much less applied heat to melt it.
I use a model like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882577001
Helping Hands are helpful and handy :) http://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-7521-Helping-Hand-Magnifier/dp/B000NQ4Q4C
And you will want a spool a solder similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/Kester-Rosin-Core-Solder-Spool/dp/B00068IJX6
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