I will admit that soldering is not my strongest suit these days. However, it definitely wasn’t helped when I took the tip off my iron and discovered the element all clarted up. A quick polish and a new tip and it made all the difference.
Even so, the first time I tried I got the dreaded “beeeeep” from my multimeter set on resistance when I tested the two sides to see if I’d accidentally soldered the two sides together.
Some swearing later all was well.
I also took the opportunity to start putting primer on the body since the sun was out and it actually seemed like quite a nice day.