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Tonight was better, I used some flux that was not water based, and different brand solder. I had several joint that would not bond initially, I believe i either used too much flux letting the solder flow away and/or too much heat as heat from other joints would continue to heat the ones I already did. I just had to redo them. I learned for the heat that it is not necessary to hold torch on each until solder is melted, just get it started and move onto the next, the heat from subsequent joints will continue to heat the the previous ones and melt the solder completely. If you do each joint to completion, it is too much heat and the solder pooled on table surface.
I failed miserably with this. I did not use extra flux because my solder was supposed to have it built in. i also tried aluminum brazing rods that had flux on it too but it was a big gobby mess. will buy some flux and try again.