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Old 12-25-2011, 05:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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barrel and lower tube solder issue

Now I have a weird delima, I need to solder the barrel and lower tube back together, what's the easy way to do this accurately, I have tried wiring the tubes together and then soldering them in the past with some success is there another way

And despite being careful I need a way to remove excess solder, dremel and polish?
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I found heating the solder up and then just using a putty knife to gently scrape it off worked pretty good to remove most of it. Solder braid would also work. Just remember solder won't stick well to a surface that isn't hot, so heat the solder and push it away from the heated surface and it will stop sticking and you should be able to pick it off with your fingers.

To keep my tubes together I used locking pliers, I just made sure to only have them just barely tight enough to hold the piece together as I didn't want to mark the brass.
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I used adjustable hose clamps to hold mine together with good success(was to lazy to make a jig) Just align the tubes and duck tape to hold in place while you adjust the hose clamps then remove tape. I was able to solder under the clamps in place.
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why not drill two holes in a scrap of 1x4 pine, slot the top then put a bolt or screw in to "lock" them in?
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why not drill two holes in a scrap of 1x4 pine, slot the top then put a bolt or screw in to "lock" them in?
I've done this too, it works well but beleave it or not wood burns! I use thicker copper wire and a pair of pliers to twist and press the tubes together. Once there nice and tight, I press the body onto a flat surface (like a table corner) so thay line up. Then solder!
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