Myself having used hundreds of pounds of solder in my profession, I find it unusual for small soldering jobs to use anything more than solder paste. Solder paste comes in syringes and when used properly, the soldered joint requires very little cleanup. You can find solder paste at Home Depot, in the plumbing section of the store and put some in your own syringe. I always use flux, even though the paste has flux mixed into it. One of the best investments is a good thermostat digital led screen built into the soldering iron controller for adjusting the ideal soldering melt point. These digital readout thermostatic controllers can be purchased at Fry's Electronics online store for under $100.00.
This is an important bench tool. Spend the money and do yourself a favor.
I only use a torch when I am soldering large pieces or silver soldering pieces together. I own a multitude of special torches, down to the MiniFlam torch. These are laser-like in flame size, but most of the time I use a soldering iron with paste. Soldering paste comes in many flavors, silver solder, gold solder, tin solder, etc.
Go to YouTube and watch some soldering tutorials. That is your best bet, for now.
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