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Old 05-31-2012, 01:42 AM #1
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Default Did I screw the pooch?

While soldering my microboost to the diode I created a solder bridge. Trying to fix it just made it worse! Can someone tell me if the bridge is a catastrophe, or just a cosmetic blemish? Will I need to desolder the diode, clean up the mess and start over?


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Default Re: Did I screw the pooch?

Its not that bad. But you do need to unabridged it. Got a desolder tool? Its like a suction thingy. If not what I do when I accidentally bridge two joints is wipe ALL of the solder off your iron. Make sure its as clean as possible and melt the solder blob and the iron should pick some of it up when you remove it. Mine does at least. Be careful you don't desolder that component right there.
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Default Re: Did I screw the pooch?

You could use some stripped copper wire and your soldering iron. Basically you are going to tin the copper strings with that solder blob. Do that a couple of times with clean copper strings and clean iron tip and it will remove most of the solder you got blobbed there Some flux paste will even make it easier too There is nothing bad as dry solder

or better than stripped wire if you have some copper braid use that:


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Default Re: Did I screw the pooch?

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

The pooch has been un-screwed. I was able to fix it.
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Default Re: Did I screw the pooch?

For future reference,


You may notice that the pad is connected to that side of capacitor via light-green traces anyway, along with one side of that rectifier diode there on the right.

So no, you did not need to remove that solder joint.

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LOL seriously?!?!?! That was the answer I was originally hoping for.

But, since I didn't have another board to look at I had to assume the worst. I ended up de-soldering the diode from the driver, cleaning up the blob with solder wick, and re-soldering the diode. In the end all that matters is I didn't kill my PL450.

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Yeah, it's good that your laser is working and all.

Besides, never hurts to have some practise in solder wicking and removal, joint cleaning and repair.
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