Soldering PL-259 connectors onto RG-8 coax

Have any of you soldered PL-259 connectors onto coax? I need to do this and am having a heckuva time getting the shield braid evenly soldered onto the connector without it flaking apart. Is there a trick to this of which I'm unaware?
Thank you for that link, David. I was going about soldering the shield braid completely incorrectly (and thus making it nearly impossible to keep it from fraying.) That site you suggested is very helpful!