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Old 06-20-2008, 02:57 AM #1
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Default How to remove excess solder?

I know there are those bulbs that will do the trick, but I don't have access to one currently. For the time being, is there any other way to do this? (I have a blob of solder in the middle of all three pins on my 803t diode. No, there is no pcb board under it.)


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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

you could try cleaning the tip of your iron on the sponge, melting the solder blob and flicking the solder off.

depending on how 'serious' the situation is, you could use some solder wick and flux to suck the solder off. (solder wick and flux works like a sponge to water on solder)
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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

I only have basic materials, and flicking a diode doesnt seem safe to the diode.
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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

Seems time to invest in some desoldering braid and some electronic solder flux... flux will help the solder flow better (tends to ball up and flow better) and the braid, like woop said, will absorb the solder from whatever it's on. The solder suckers generally don't have a very fine tip and will probably be difficult to use to remove the solder. To avoid damaging your diode with heat, I suggest getting some of the right tools for the job
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I only have basic materials, and flicking a diode doesnt seem safe to the diode.
you wouldn't flick the diode, you flick the solder off its pins using the soldering iron
thats probably the way i would do it.
solder braid is a bit troubling on stuff that isn't on a pcb
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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

I took one of those squeeze bulbs that you use on a baby when they have a runny nose, & screwed a large bore hypo syringe needle into the end & cut it off short, reamed open the end, & since the surgical needle is SS, solder won't stick to it & gets sucked right up. Works great/costs 0$. phoenix77/rob 8-)
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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

Desoldering braid from RadioShack works like a charm
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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

Looks like I'm off to Radio Shack for the bazillionth time this week lol.
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Default Re: How to remove excess solder?

in this case, try gravity. Clean the tip of your iron very well, so it will naturally want to 'grab' the solder a bit. Hold your diode with the pins facing down, and bring the iron up from the bottom. The solder should draw onto the tip of the iron. Try this a few times and you should be all set. 8-)
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Great Idea Gooey Gus, I'll have to try that myself if my hands are too full to use my bulb cut-off needle. Very Clever, You're name should be Gooey Newton. phoenix77/rob 8-)
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I've only been able to get soldering braid to work for me once, otherwise it just sat there doing virtually nothing. DX just got a desoldering pump, one of which I'm buying to try out. I hope it works!
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I've only been able to get soldering braid to work for me once, otherwise it just sat there doing virtually nothing. *DX just got a desoldering pump, one of which I'm buying to try out. *I hope it works!
to get desoldering braid to work, you need to apply some flux to it (to make solder stick to it. sometimes the braid has flux already in it) and heat it up with your iron while you push it onto whatever solder you want to suck up.
its better to have your iron on high, so it heats up the braid faster.
its one of those things that once you know how to do it its really simple.
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[quote author=Bionic-Badger link=1213930672/0#10 date=1214027339]I've only been able to get soldering braid to work for me once, otherwise it just sat there doing virtually nothing. *DX just got a desoldering pump, one of which I'm buying to try out. *I hope it works!
to get desoldering braid to work, you need to apply some flux to it (to make solder stick to it. sometimes the braid has flux already in it) and heat it up with your iron while you push it onto whatever solder you want to suck up.
its better to have your iron on high, so it heats up the braid faster.
its one of those things that once you know how to do it its really simple.[/quote]

I second that. I love the desoldering braid... its a lifesaver when working with SMD stuff.
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Yeah I think I'm going to try the braid and flux, since for some reason, I can't seem to get the tip of my iron clean to save my life. I've used a sponge. I have a crappy $8 iron from radio shack, and at this point, I have to search for a spot on the tip that will actually melt the solder. PITA
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Yeah I think I'm going to try the braid and flux, since for some reason, I can't seem to get the tip of my iron clean to save my life. I've used a sponge. I have a crappy $8 iron from radio shack, and at this point, I have to search for a spot on the tip that will actually melt the solder. PITA
just use a file and file it down a bit and start over again, unless it's really copper plated steel then your kinda screwed.
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I've only been able to get soldering braid to work for me once, otherwise it just sat there doing virtually nothing. DX just got a desoldering pump, one of which I'm buying to try out. I hope it works!
A little late, perhaps - but those soldering pumps are very erratic - I prefer the desoldering iron (el-cheapo !) that Radio Shack sells, with the hollow point, and the red bulb for suction....a buddy of mine modified one of those, and used a 12V &quot;emergency&quot; tire inflater to make the vacuum part.....really nice work, and lasted a long time ! Was a little more clumsy than the weller type of desoldering station, but hey - he MADE it for about $10.00 I called it, &quot;Franken-solder&quot;
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