Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-08-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

How to solder 2mm nuts


I have a need to solder 2 or 3 nuts on top of each other to form a tower. I can solder copper pipe and electronic equipment, but when I try to solder the nuts together, the solder just balls up and rolls away. I have tried a small torch, 60 watt weller and 100 watt gun to no avail. Can anyone teach me how to solder? Thanks

DIYCUB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2009, 06:05 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

How to solder 2mm nuts


You may need to grind off any coating on the nuts, to bare metal, and don't forget the flux. It may take more heat than your guns can deliver. The metal must be hot.

Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2009, 08:45 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Canonsburg, PA (Pittsburgh)
Posts: 436
Rewards Points: 252
Default

How to solder 2mm nuts


I would not use a soldering iron or the Weller gun even if it is 300 to 500 watts I don't think you will be able to heat it evenly. Use what you would use for copper pipe. As mentioned above be sure any coatings are removed and use flux. Not getting the metal hot enough is the most likely problem. We often get the solder hot enough to melt by heating the solder as the material is heated but the material is not hot enough to allow the solder to flow. Try keeping the solder away from the heat source until the material is hot enough. "Test" by just touching the material with the solder momentarily every few seconds until it melts when contact is made. Be sure you are not melting the solder with your heat source. You want the heat in you material to melt the solder. Another method is to put small bits of solder on the material and heat until the solder melts and "flows" into place. If the solder does not flow - no flux/wrong flux or not clean or not enough heat.

Last edited by RegeSullivan; 04-09-2009 at 08:47 AM.
RegeSullivan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

How to solder 2mm nuts


Thanks for your replies. I used a mini butane torch and the nuts were red hot and when I touched the solder to the nuts, it melted into a ball and rolled off. Does it need to get hotter? I believe the nuts are nickle plated.
DIYCUB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2009, 11:06 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Canonsburg, PA (Pittsburgh)
Posts: 436
Rewards Points: 252
Default

How to solder 2mm nuts


Red hot is too hot. The solder should just melt when you touch the material you are soldering. I really don't know if you can solder nickle but even if you can I would grind off the plating and solder to the base metal.
RegeSullivan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How To Solder Copper Pipes Termite How To Guides 69 11-13-2012 12:20 PM
Solder not working it's way to where I need it. tripower Plumbing 25 02-24-2009 03:25 PM
When soldering copper, what causes the solder not to "suck in"? Piedmont Plumbing 10 10-25-2008 08:59 AM
Solder for hot water heating system junkcollector Plumbing 2 09-12-2008 06:09 PM
Impact gun not removing lug nuts n0c7 Tools 10 06-18-2008 03:20 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.