I've been soldering with one of these for about 15 years. It works well enough for a hobbiest. The only thing I have to add is use as little solder as possible to make the joints look like the ones pictured. The only one I've had fail was one of my first and I used too much heat and solder. The joint cracked up under the insultation where the solder was pulled. PeterW....that's a cool trick. I'll have to try the hot glue.