I just found a really good series of soldering videos from about 30 years ago.
They have been helping a lot, but he is doing some things different than what I have been told. The guy states that you should clean the circuit board with something like q-tips and isopropyl before soldering, and that you should also clean the leads of the components like resistors. Sometimes he uses a brush dipped in alcohol instead of q-tips because it doesn't leave crap behind.
Then you use flux, and solder, and then use isopropyl again to clean and remaining flux off of the solder.
He also uses this interesting component tool for bending the leads perfect every time, which is something that I have trouble with.
I'm not sure what the tool is called, or if it's still available. Does anyone know what it is?
Also, is this still the proper way to solder?
I also don't know what this "stick" is that he's using.