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Hello all,

I hope Dr. Aspler allows this question to go through.

I have been going through the archives and am amazed at the diverse
backgrounds of us all. That, with the willingness to share, brings me
to hopefully this win / win situation.

I have been asked by my previous employer to create an instruction /
procedure manual for the division that creates radio frequency
coaxial cable assemblies. There is absolutely nothing in place
currently except cursery word of mouth instruction. The employees
often have no skills prior to being hired. I know this is a can of
worms but in reality none of the skills required are that involved:
basic lead soldering, cable stripping and assembling the connectors.
How these assemblies are put together is not the problem. That
is known and documented. What is required is things like:
What does a good solder joint look like? What are the steps necessary
to achieve it? What type of a joint is not acceptable? How can you
keep the dielectric from melting?

There must be out there “in the world” that already
exists to build from but I haven’t a clue as to where to start. I am
willing to re-invent the wheel if I have to. Just as we have in the
jewelry world, there must be beginning instructional books or videos.
After I log off I will be making a trip to the library.

The education level of this group suggests that the greatest amount
of learning will come from visuals rather than the written word.

I appreciate any that may be offered and PLEASE contact
me directly. This is absolutely nothing that is of any interest to the
Orchid list in general.

Thank you in advance…Karla Maxwell…Vista, California


Check with the DOD (Department Of Defense). I think they have just
what you are looking for. Other sources you should check out aRe:

  • American Society for Testing and Measurement
  • Engineering Societies
  • Underwriters Laboratory


Karla, Since your e-mail address was not in the body of your message
I’m replying via Orchid. Several years ago (actually a long time ago)
I was teaching jewelry in a voc-rehab center in Manhattan to a
population with multiple challenges including minimal education. One
of my big challenges was teaching basic shop safety to a group of
young people who were variously a. Spanish speaking only, b. Russian
speaking only c. deaf d. etc. (you get the picture). I found that the
easiest way to teach this varied group was with videos. Your video
need not be a slick production, but it should show the various
techniques in a clear and graphic manner. The only equipment you
really need is a home cam-corder, tripod and vcr. If you want more
info. I can be reached at @brookhol Hank Paynter

 What does a good solder joint look like? What are the steps
necessary to achieve it? What type of a joint is not acceptable? 

Hi Karla,

Several years ago I wrote a Web “feature” for the ArtMetal listgroup
about soldering. I’m not sure how useful you will find it to be, but
you’re welcomed to take a look. A link to this resource can be found
on the following Web page, under the heading “Discourses of the

You can also access it directly from the following URL:

P.S. It’s the first HTML project I ever did!

Best of luck,


Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)