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In Reply to: RE: Desoldering help for beginner. . . . posted by DHMC on January 25, 2017 at 09:25:38
I think I remember reading that Chem-Wik Lite wick has flux on the braid.
I've always put it on the joint. Space allowing, I usually start with a spring loaded solder sucker. Then I follow up with some wick if there is any residue. Either way, the flux helps the "old" solder flow better, and cleans the joint at the same time.
I didn't know about the wick with the flux in it. Good to know as sometimes I get a little "outta control" with my flux use. Then I'm dealing with flux cleaner. Then flux cleaner cleaner. Sigh...
"I know just enough to get into trouble. But not enough to get out of it."
The pump left lots of residue, but I took advantage of that by using the used solder to aid the installation of the new item on the pcb.
A guy from Russia I used to work with had a set of stainless steel pieces of tubing. He would get the solder melted and plug it down in there displacing the solder from the actual joint. The part practically fell out.
And then usualy you could use the original solder over again.
I have worked with quite a few people from Europe, especially eastern Europe. I was told that (especially in the soviet days) parts were very hard to come by so every shop ran like a boneyard. They wasted nothing.
I wouldn't mind having a set of those doodads but they only work on through hole components on single sided boards.
I searched for something like that but couldn't find anything. as it a rube goldberg situation or is it an official desoldering tool?
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