I hate those things..lol. I think as long as one is quick enough it can be done without damage to the diode, if the diode is heat sinked with something like an alligator clip. Just heat it up and pull the board off with a needle nose. But I know we all have our own way of doing things.SenKat said:Be really careful when you desolder that little piece of board
heat kills these suckers FAST !
So - go to radio shack, and spend the $11.00 on the bulbed desoldering iron - you squeeze in the bulb, place the tip (it's hollow) on top of hte solder joint you no loger want, and let the bulb go, so it sucks the solder up into the bulb. remove the soldering iron FAST - take some time, and practice on other stuff, too it'll be worth the wait, and the practice. Congrats on getting this far - you have come leaps and bounds !