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RE: going to upgrade some caps, maybe some advice needed

I second what John wrote about a soldering station. Those devices maintain a constant controlled temperature. From what you say about difficulty in removing old solder, I am guessing you're using a weak iron with no temperature control. Both the Weller that John uses and my Haake cost a bit over $100, will last forever and make jobs like this easy. I also have both a cheap spring loaded solder sucker and braid, and the sucker does it for me 95% of the time.

One hint: when removing radial-lead electrolytics, don't try to pull both leads at the same time if you want to save the cap for future re-use. Heat one lead and pull gently. Then heat the other lead and do likewise. Back and forth until the cap is free. This will also preserve the circuit board tracings, so you don't destroy what you were trying to upgrade.

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