Originally Posted by aaronmichael
AHAHAHA, I THINK I DID IT! Just went to Radio Shack and bought a 60w iron, and .022 62/32/2 rosin core solder. The wire originally snapped right where it connects to the board. I stripped the end of the wire, spent some time bending it so that it stayed right where it needed to be. Had the solder in one hand and iron in the other and went at it slow but finally got a drop or two on there. Fired the helicopter up and the main rotors responded to the TX input, woot woot! Is there anything I could put over the joint to make it more sturdy? Hot glue? Or should I just add some more solder?
Good man! Yes, I think a small dab of hot glue is a good idea. The weight that is added isn't worth talking about, it could save you another soldering job (which is always risky on small boards), and it removes easily if needed.
I'm still using a couple of Ungar pencils my dad gave me over 30 years ago. I think low wattage is best on small stuff (a variable station is optimal but they are expensive). I thought my old screw-in pencil cartridge was 15W but it's actually 25 and it's perfect for receiver board repairs. I have gold tip with a decently fine point that works ok (though smaller would be even better). I can't believe folks are using 40W+ on work this tiny. And a 100W gun??
I'd never go near receiver board with something like that! I had one of those "cold solder" tool pieces of crap for about 5 minutes some years back. It was completely useless for larger work (1/4" phone plugs). To each, his own I guess....