I'm making up an inter-baseboard lead for a new project and this involves wiring up a couple of multi-way plugs.
Back in the old days, these would have been honking great things that you could have used a blowtorch in. Nowadays we have stuff more suited to being stuffed in the back of a computer than a Lancaster bomber, so the work is more delicate.
After much practise, here's my (hopefully) helpful suggestion.
- Tin each wire and then cut the exposed length to the same as the pin to be soldered to.
- Tin the pin.
- Bring the two together and with a tiny bit of extra solder on the iron tip, heat the joint. Take the iron away and let it cool, a matter of a couple of seconds.
- Tug the wire. If it stays on, the join is probably good.
- For extra security, you could slip a length of heat-shrink tube on each connection but I'm too lazy for that. A length of insulating tape between the rows of pins is pretty quick though and worthwhile insurance.
It's important to hold the plug/socket securely. A small but heavy hand clamp does the job here but a big blob of Blu-Tack will do if nothing else is available.