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what kind of solder gun..?

should i get. i have a tiny one from radio shack, (i think) and the larger gauge wires never heat up enough to get the job done. i am out of my element when it comes to picking this tool.

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I use Weller guns for this....the kind that look like pistols.
They are available in different wattage ratings....like 100/140W...or 150/250W.
I use the 100/140...and have been happy with it for years.
The nice thing....unless you pull the trigger...they are cold.
They take about 5 seconds to heat up...and cool quite fast.
The tips are replaceable (get several spares when you buy the gun) and use only rosin core solder...not acid core (it will eat your connectors after a while).
Also...rosin core solder is available in a non-cleaning style...meaning no rosin leftovers to pick off after the job is done (cleaner looking joints).
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A small, pencil type is all you need for wires up to about 12-14 gauge. In my experience (not recent), the battery type ones do not work well, so I recommend a corded, 115ac one. If you put some solder on the tip of of the iron and bridge the gap between the tip and what you are soldering, you get better heat transfer. If you get a large, gun type, just be careful not to solder near any electronic components...it gets too hot and will damage them. Weller make good soldering equip and their parts are more commonly available.
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Cool

You need a couple of sizes.

The pencil types that have replaceable screw on tips are good.
They can take care of the smaller wires.

The larger wires will need a pistol type gun. "Weller" makes both types. I wouldn't try for a compromise with a soldering iron for "both".

You will find that the larger gun can handle household wiring also.

Good luck,
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whoa, that proves i didnt know crap about them. thanks guys, for the info.

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