Re: unsoldering - a bit off topic
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I originally thought Chip Quick a bit expensive but in desperation gave in and tried it. The trick is that you only need very small quantities of the alloy. I've used it with SMD, thru hole and larger items too and still got a lot left a year or more later. The other advantage of being miserly is that clean-up is much easier. The liquid flux supplied with the kit is also very effective.
Slightly off-topic - I always found desoldering wick difficult to use - then in a rare moment of brain involvement it occured to me that desoldering had a lot in common with soldering i.e. get the heat in the right place, clean/bright surfaces and plenty of flux. I don't recall having seen this written anywhere but am sure it's there somewhere. So a quick polish-up of the wick with steel wool, a drop of liquid flux, nice hot iron and it works like a charm. Oh - all those wasted hours of frustration. I can almost hear all the chuckling (60 years in the hobby and he didn't know this) anyway better late than never!
Mike 9M2LXM (currently 9V1LX)
On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 11:06 AM M Carroll <mikecn10ec@...> wrote: