Reading the excellent thread here about ¼" phone jacks, I thought how much I like 'em but dislike soldering 'em. I'm looking for your pointers. Issues: 18ga wire is heavy but the coating melts easily. To avoid shorts, I only strip and tin a little wire, so it melts more. Putting a heat sink on it makes it even harder to heat. The short tip lug is especially hard to heat sink, and putting a heat sinks on both sides that little joint really slows solder uptake. Then, too, you want these joints extra rugged; lots of possible pulling and dropping. But passing the 18ga wire physically through those little holes in the lugs is tricky. (OK, the commercial ones I have usually don't do that.) Finally, as in the useful thread about the jacks themselves, flat speaker wire does avoid the 'is it a guitar cable' issue, but it looks kind of like Dad repaired Mom's old lamp. A round cable might look better and maybe work better in the crimp/clamp on the sleeve lug. So what wire works best and melts least? (I've used the Teflon-coated pre-tinned black/white twisted stuff for my tweed clone -- nice -- but it would look weird after about 1959.) Any jacks easier to work on? (I've used Switchcraft, which I like a ton in principle.) Top tips on the physical connection and soldering? How about strain reliefs that look more pro than my heat-shrink?