Pamona ban jacks - solder won't stick

WeAreAs1 at WeAreAs1 at
Mon Mar 6 10:06:40 CET 2000

In reply to Buck Buchanan, Terry Bowman wrote:

<<Would lots of flux and a solder pot do any good in these situations???>>

Yeah, it probably would.  You might not need the solder pot - a good 
high-heat iron and regular solder would probably be enough, but the real 
helper would be the old-fashioned acid flux (with a little flux-basting 
brush).  A few good whiffs of it'll make you feel like a crusty old radio 
repairman (and probably give you cancer, too).  You can buy the stuff at most 
hardware stores, if not at your local electronics supplier.  They have it in 
the tool department of my neighborhood Home Depot.  I think people buy it for 
soldering to brass plumbing pipe or galvanized steel pipe.

Another thing that would probably help is to grind or file some of the 
plating off the metal.  Scuffing it with steel wool or a wire brush is 
usually not enough.  You've got to get down to the raw metal underneath.

If those were ITT/Pomona brand jacks, I would send them back for 
replacements.  If they were no-name imports, well, you pays your money, you 
takes your choice...

Michael Bacich

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