I'm not a bad stick welder. Self taught, pretty neat, and nothing I've made, including most of the equipment/machinery of a 24 ton ocean going boat, has ever broken (at the weld that is.....but let's not go there). Yes, I know, it's 'cos everything I make is heavier than Belgium.... But I can't solder worth a damn. Electrical that is. I can manage a solder joint in a copper pipe! I've looked at videos, used different irons, guns, solder, but where are those nice shiny blobs other people manage to effortlessly produce? What's the secret? I am the dry joint champion of the world.