Hi all, I hope this is the right sub-forum to post about our progress. :slight_smile
I have around 10 years old soldering iron and solder, which I used back in the high school. I was hoping this will work fine since it was not used since then, but while using it I kinda felt like it is more difficult than I remember.
I checked some video tutorials on soldering, and this is how I do it - I clean up the soldering iron, I put some solder on to make it shiny, and I remove the excess after. I heat up the component from one side of the wire, and I put the solder on the other side of the components wire.
Problem is, the solder doesn't melt except if I directly connect it with soldering iron. I noticed if I use a bit of extra solder to make a connection between soldering iron, component, and solder I am trying to melt, the heat will transfer better, and the solder will melt. But it kinda tends to stick to soldering iron (maybe flux is too old?), and it starts slightly bursting which kinda doesn't look safe.
I also attached photo of soldering iron and solder.
Should I buy new equipment and/or solder or I am doing something wrong?