Your best method for removing thorugh-hole components from a PCB

fig

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I believe they do reside in Poland if memory serves correctly.

Hot dog! Great work, and great advice all.
 

Barry

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Not very helpful, but it is my best method. ;)
Hope you get it fixed.
I invested in one of these when I was doing a lot of pedal mods, it's great
 
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Feral Feline

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Congrats on freeing your board.

I can relate. My friend has both a small solder-sucker and a large solder-sucker. The small one is the same size as mine, and works for most jobs, but I had a few times where I was working in his shop and that big'n came in super-duper handy.

Big-Volume Solder-Pump is on my shopping list!
 

mnemonic

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What kind of solder sucker do you have? I used to have a cheap one which came with a kit I bought when I started and it was useless. I bought one of these and removing components is much easier now


It still takes some patience but it's no longer an impossible task to remove a misplaced component.

I bought one of these since it looks quality, arrived yesterday and today I’ve been pulling electrolytic caps out of a pedal from the mid-80’s since it stopped working last week.

that pump is unreasonably good. Pretty much clears the entire pad on the first shot, so I can just lift the component right off.

highly recommended.

i am using it on a single-sided board though, maybe a through plated board would be tougher.

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music6000

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1. Add a bit of solder to both pads with soldering Iron.
2. Alternate between the 2 pads quickly with Iron while pulling gently & it (Component) should fall out.
3. I use a standard dress makers Pin & heat the Pad & QUICKLY poke the pin through the hole while the solder is still molten & jiggle it so it forms a hole until solder sets.
4. Repeat Number 3 on the 2nd Pad.
Sometimes the excess solder sticks to the Pin but slides off easily.
Sometimes the Solder hangs from the Pad, just nip the excess with wire cutters.

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SillyOctpuss

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I bought one of these since it looks quality, arrived yesterday and today I’ve been pulling electrolytic caps out of a pedal from the mid-80’s since it stopped working last week.

that pump is unreasonably good. Pretty much clears the entire pad on the first shot, so I can just lift the component right off.

highly recommended.

i am using it on a single-sided board though, maybe a through plated board would be tougher.

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A double sided board definitely isn't as easy as vero or single sided but it's definitely doable. I'll usually take a few goes but it's much easier with that solder sucker than the old el cheapo one I used to use.
 

andare

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This has been a great upgrade to the standard solder suckers. It has sacrificial/replacable silicon tips. You can suck up the solder while the iron is still touching the part. The silicone tips are very hardy. I'm still on my original tips a yr after buying it.

Looks great. I actually managed to get it done with my cheap sucker and I bought 1.5mm solder wick which works beautifully without adding flux.
Still working on this Minnow build but I should be done this weekend and I'll post an update.
 

Bricksnbeatles

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I’ve always used a heated desoldering pump.

got one like this many years ago, and it works great
 
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