If I were you and ever wanted to have the chance to resell these cables, I would send them back to Cardas & have them do the work. If you don't have the certification, they can take care of that at the same time.
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You don't specify what model the cable is. Some Cardas cables have an epoxy coating (I think that's what they call it) on each strand of wire which must be removed before soldering. That's the first thing to check.
I would contact Cardas, they may provide some instruction. Otherwise, Driver has a good suggestion.
According to the Cardas web site it's "enameled." Knew I should have looked it up as I was struggling with the correct word.
And yes it is difficult to work with. I had a pair of Straightwire Blac Silc cables that I wanted to reterminate. They have a similar enamel coating which required a solder pot to remove the coating. Even though I now have a solder pot, (ebay) I'll think twice before attempting that again.
Geez, that looks like the case. I wrote to Cardas about it and they replied that it would cost $50 per single end....was planning to terminate 2 pairs which would cost $300 (2 of the ends already has Cardas RCA jack. Going to skip it I guess...don't really feel like spending the $300. Probably will list the cables for sale here for the cheap.
Any takers? Cable is the Cardas Cross.
Tks for all the advise!