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How to Solder Wires

Soldering wires to create an electrical connection is a quick and easy process, and it creates a better connection than wire nuts and electrical tape.

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  • Time

    15 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Attach the Wire to the Work Piece

Dip the ends of the wire into the flux (Image 1).

Wrap the ends of the wire around the appropriate tabs on the work piece (Image 2).

Step 2: Heat the Tabs and Wires

Touch the tip of the hot soldering iron to the tabs. Keep the flat surface of the tip against the tab to heat the tab and the wires.

soldering iron used to heat tabs and wires

Courtesy of Cary Wiedman

Step 3: Melt the Solder

Touch the rosin-core solder to the tab and wires but not to the tip of the iron. The heat from the tab and wires should melt the solder until a bead of solder covers the connection.

Let the solder cool before moving anything.

create a bead of solder along connection

Courtesy of Cary Wiedman