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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:34 pm 
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I still much prefer to do this over those silly 'pressed' on alloy ends...means I can service my cables and clean the liners!

Having trouble with this bloomin new 'stainless' stuff though as the solder will not 'flow', any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:07 pm 
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Haven't done this in a while, but always used to dip the ends in solder flux paste. Many modern cables are also coated in PTFE (Teflon) which means it's tricky to get anything to stick.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:09 pm 
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Can't help with your cable but I agree, I have a '78 gios, a '82 team ti Raleigh and an '84 Raleigh team panasonic and they still have the original solder blob on the end of the cables and it does look nice :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:12 pm 
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I tried it once but it didn't work. I don't use those cable end things, they actually squash the cable. Which is fine if you never remove the inner from the outer. Ideally I'd solder the ends, second best is make a clean cut and just leave it.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:19 pm 
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Lots of heat in the iron and a liberal amount of decent flux.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:13 pm 
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Any name of flux you can recommend...fleabat is throwing up the usual 100's of useless hits!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:37 pm 
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Way2many wrote:
Any name of flux you can recommend...fleabat is throwing up the usual 100's of useless hits!

If it`s still available BAKERS soldering fluid, but I would think any ACID type flux would do{don`t forget to wash off after otherwise it will corrode} Last pro team I worked for we used Super Glue Gel & a push on plastic end cap on the cable end { i think you can still buy the plastic end caps they are a tight push fit & can be re used, but we used to renew each time. IIRC we used get them in bags of 1000 a time}


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:24 pm 
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I've not managed to get solder to stick to stainless wires. Probably an acid flux will be best. The plumbing stuff in the yellow tub that you can get in Homebase is pretty corrosive, so might do the trick.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:48 pm 
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I use heat shrink tubing.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:54 pm 
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Simplex wrote:
I use heat shrink tubing.


I like this idea.


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