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Old 02-12-2007, 07:18 PM
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what type of solder does one use on great planes 256 control rods when soldering a clevis? i've tried about every kind. The sullivan rods are galvinized and solder easier,
but i thought they were all the same

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Old 02-12-2007, 09:28 PM
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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

I use rosin core on 2-56 size wire and clevis'. Be sure to get some flux and coat (lightly) both surfaces that will receive the solder. Screw the two together, or slip the rod into the clevis, place the soldering iron on the clevis, and once hot, begin to touch the solder to one end of the clevis. when you observe the solder coming out the other end of the clevis, remove the heat, and allow to cool. Note...be sure to sand the rod where the solder will be applied prior to coating it with the flux. Cleanliness is important here.

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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

I use Sta-Brite silver solder. Scour the rod with sandpaper and wipe with alcohol or acetone to remove the oil (most steel rods are coated in oil to prevent corrosion).
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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

i'll try silver solder, buts lowes didnt have any
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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

Silver Solder is the way to go. Try your local hobby shop or the Radio Shack to get some. It should come with the solder and a tube of flux. Good Luck, Dave
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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

The most important part is the prep work.
clean the parts with a file sand paper or emery cloth.

Rosen core works OK but I've always had good luck with brush on paste flux.

For heat I use my grandfathers old 150w soldering gun.
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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

typhoonfury,

Everyone has good points about their Solder of choice and using flux. Just make sure if your using an iron to heat the part to be soldered and don't milt the solder on the iron and let it flow around the part. This makes for what we call a cold solder and it will fail. Hold the iron on the part and let it get hot and then touch the solder and the part (not the iron) and let the solder flow around the part.
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Default RE: soldering steel control rods

Some solder is known as 'silver solder' but is marked / named saometrhing else.

I use 'plumbing' solder, "Aqua-something"

I also have a little tin of 'plumber's flux' as well, cheap & works! (just poke the rod & clevis into it!)

I also have a mini Benz-o-matic torch. Mucho better & easier than an iron. The kit was about $12

Clean the rods, sand
apply flux
insert rod into clevis
heat (When the flux bubbles & drips, apply the solder)
remove heat
Apply solder, gentilly feed in
let cool
clean flux with acetone (Remember, the flux is an acid, and will continue to eat / corrode the joint)

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