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    Strippers are useless on the very thin wire for unipivots. I just melt the plastic sleeving with the soldering iron, then tin with solder and solder to tags, simples. I don't know how much flux and solder you chaps are using but sounds like you're making a right mess of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    I don't know how much flux and solder you chaps are using but sounds like you're making a right mess of it.
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    Ive got this job to do and have seen the stripping and burning advised. One reputable seller does say the burning off of insulation is acceptable but I would have thought that the wire then has to be cleaned before tinning it. I have flux pens and all sorts. I have long tags with crimp holders. I intend to crimp the outer then solder and use the coloured heatshrink I have bought.

    I have some cable with almost a silk insulation so its not going to take much to get that off. Im going to use the original plastic covered wire though.

    I was thinking that if the wire was just clipped and in a blob of solder it would conduct throught the core but I suppose it does have to be stripped back for the best surface area connection.

    Im not a job Im particularly looking forward to
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    Only the wrong sort of flux is corrosive..... electrical solder has a centre core of the correct flux and no other flux need be applied. I advise against the use of a solder pot to melt insulation.
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    With the wire being so thin, it doesn't take much heat to melt solder onto it and when it takes to the wire you know the flux core has done its job.
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