Not sure if this should go here or in Super User, but I'm primarily concerned with how safely I can solder an AC power connection with little/no experience.
So what exactly am I doing and why? I am looking to make some minor modifications to a home-theatre PC, one of which is relocating the power supply to inside the chassis. In doing so I would like to create a false PSU "plate" that I can screw into the back of the chassis to make it look as stock as possible and maintain an external AC power connection.
I've already cut out the back of a cheap power supply and all I need to do now is cut an AC power cable and solder it to the female plug so I can connect that to the power supply inside my chassis. But are there wattage/safety limitations with different types of solder? Are their certain types of solder that are better than others for handling AC current or just power in general? I have not purchased a soldering iron/gun or solder or anything yet, so if one thing works better than something else I'd rather know before I spend my money.
I'm not worried about how good/bad the actual soldering work looks once I'm done since it will be inside the case, but should I "finish" it in some way to make it safer/insulated? Like wrap it in electrical tape? Or if that's a stupid idea, heat-shrink tubing or glue or something else?
Any insight/suggestions would be appreciated!
EDIT: One of my concerns is that I would like to be able to draw a few hundred watts over this connection in case a turn this into a little living-room gaming rig in the near future. Not sure if/how that would affect anything.