30 Dec '15, 4am

#SMT and Thru-Hole desoldering by @BilHerd

That is what my old beater soldering iron essentially does. I just nuke it from outer space with the tip of that badboy and pull the whole melted blob off leaving clean pads ready for anything. It is probably a bit more shoot from the hip than this crowd would like, but as long as you know how your iron works and have a steady hand you can do the same. I wouldn’t recommend my method for expensive things but those projects tend to be for clients instead of me just getting something going again. Fingernail clippers are always a handy tool to have on the bench as well for snipping leads and snipping smd resistors off of boards ;) While we are here, I’ll just go ahead and say how much I dislike soldering braid. Almost rather use rogue bits of wire than the real deal. I am sure others have great success with it but it just frustrates me more than anything. Same with flux; I nev...

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