[DML] Fuse box replacement
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[DML] Fuse box replacement



Hey all,

11596 is getting a new fuse box.  I've had a few of the critical fuses in jumpers for well over a decade.  I always hated messing around in my electrical compartment for fear of knocking something loose and causing Bad Things.  

I got the new fuse box kit from DMCMW and a proper barrel crimper.  Not only am I crimping everything perfectly but I'm also soldering the connections.  Should be trouble-free for a long time.

Anyway the kit is coming along nicely but as you can expect it takes a long time to do right.  Took me about 4 hours just to do 7 fuses last night.  After crimping and soldering I'm putting 3/4" of heat shrink tubing on the connection.

One thing that baffles me is how long it can take to heat up the connection so the solder will flow.  I'm using a 140 watt gun-style iron with flat blade tip.  Once the tip is hot I can melt the solder on the tip in less than a second, but it often takes well over a minute to heat up the connector.  It might have something to do with "tinning" the tip - once I flowed some solder onto the tip, shook it off, then went right for the connector which took solder in under 3 seconds.  Other times it takes what seems like forever.

Anyone have any great tips to make this go faster?

Andy




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