Thanks for all your help! I think that was the problem, first thing I was using a cheap soldering iron that had a tip that was too big. It didn't allow me to solder anything without globbing it on. Second mistake was using a cheap multimeter that didn't have the beep option. I was also not testing for continuity or the zero. I was connecting the leads and expecting to see a number appear on the multimeter. My apologies for being a newb. I'll try your suggestions and let you know how it goes. Thanks a bunch!