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RE: [TCML] MMC pics, excess solder
I have been soldering since I was a little kid (a long time ago). In these
situations where excess solder wants to come off the leads, the simplest
method is to heat the target lead just enough to melt the solder then snap
(in this case) the capacitor quickly on the counter. The inertia should be
plenty to remove any extra and the rest is simply tinning. The cold solder
comes right off a Formica countertop or do it on a piece of scrap wood.
Solder suckers are better used to remove concentrated junctions (not on
delicate circuit boards as it sucks off the traces too). "Solderwick", also
at Radio shack, is indicated for delicate removal. Lots of rework teaches
what a mistake a solder sucker can be in the wrong application :-^)
From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [TCML] MMC pics
Antonio Carlos M. de Queiroz wrote:
> You can just heat the joints with a soldering iron until the solder
> melts and then pull the parts away. Don't heat more than the strictly
> necessary, and be careful to not spill molten solder on you. Clean the
> solder from the leads with the soldering iron too. There is no need of
> a solder sucker for this disassembly.
True, but if your going to solder, it's a good idea to have a solder
sucker around. RadioShack here sells a little blue colored vacuum solder
sucker for just under $10 U.S. About the price of 2 gallons of gas these
days. I wonder how much Brazilian ethanol that would buy?
Anyway, it's not a bad little sucker, although it has a small vacuum
volume. Better hand-suckers can be obtained from Mouser, Digikey, etc.,
but for home use, the RadioShack sucker is fine.
The Model No. is 64-2098.
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