I know some folks are considering soldering, I have been doing it for a lot of years. Its, not as intimidating as it appears. I started this thread so my brothers and sisters on this site can share experiences and ask advice. There are a lot of how-to guides on the net. I was a certified MIL-STD-2000 instructor in years past. If you really want to know http://www.electromet.com/documents/milstd2000a.pdf but its changed a lot over the years. and http://www.everyspec.com/MIL-STD/MIL-STD-2000-2999/ Basic tips, Safety DONT GET BURNED Use the right Soldering Iron Clean the surface before and after Use the right size tip for the Job Clean the Tip Stay away from the one heat setting el-cheapo Irons Use the right Heat setting. Only keep the Iron in place long enough to make a proper solder joint. Inspect your work after. Joint should be shiny in most cases. Check out this guide to get started. http://www.aaroncake.net/electronics/solder.htm But there are a lot more.