Quoted from Luppin:
I am not a total newbie, but almost ...
I made dozens of soldering for my machines: simply, wires to be soldered on switches. Somehow, it happens quite often on my machines. I always managed to do it, although it is often a struggle for me. My question is regarding how to set up the wires before the actual soldering.
Basically, I have to keep in my hand the soldering iron (right hand). In the left hand the wire to be soldered, that need to be brought carefully in the right spot on the switch. The problem is I would need a third hand (or a second person) to place the solder itself and move it away at the right time..
Since I do not have a third hand, I always have to play with the wire and the solder with the same hand, and it's very difficult. I always need several attempts, until I luckily manage to do the work with the right timing with everything in the right place: a struggle!
Is there some technique or tool that can facilitate this process?
Get some alligator clips and a pair of locking forceps ("roach clips"); they help a lot with the holding part.
In addition *use good solder*; I'm partial to Kester 245. A pound spool will last you a long time. It's very fine but that makes it suitable for both wiring use and on PCBs.
If you don't have a temperature controlled iron -- buy one.
If you're re-soldering something you removed while you have the wire and item separated use some braid to remove any excessive amount of old solder. It helps a great deal as you can then make the mechanical connection first, then solder it. Solder will not hold as a mechanical connection if there is high vibration; the joint will crack and then you have intermittent problems.