DELARANEWS

Bob

Bob Dixon, W8ERD

HOW TO UNSOLDER

We occasionally have a need to UNsolder something. Maybe you are changing a circuit, or maybe the connection you just soldered is so messy that you need to start over. For a long time I have been using Solder Wick. It is a copper mesh wire that absorbs solder fairly nicely. You just heat it up with your soldering iron and press it against the solder you wish to remove. Recently I became aware of something better, called a solder sucker. It heats the solder up just like your soldering gun, and then applies a powerful suction that removes all the solder. It works better than solder wick. You push in the plunger until it latches. Then treat the tool just like a soldering gun to melt the solder. Then a push of the button releases the plunger which rapidly moves back out, creating a powerful vacuum that sucks up all the solder. I recently bought one of these and I must say I am impressed with how well it works. It gets ALL of the solder, leaving a clean surface for the next step in your work. There are MANY different solder suckers and solder wicks on the market, which you can find with a Google search.
DELARANews

Bob

Bob Dixon, W8ERD

HOW TO UNSOLDER

We occasionally have a need to UNsolder something. Maybe you are changing a circuit, or maybe the connection you just soldered is so messy that you need to start over. For a long time I have been using Solder Wick. It is a copper mesh wire that absorbs solder fairly nicely. You just heat it up with your soldering iron and press it against the solder you wish to remove. Recently I became aware of something better, called a solder sucker. It heats the solder up just like your soldering gun, and then applies a powerful suction that removes all the solder. It works better than solder wick. You push in the plunger until it latches. Then treat the tool just like a soldering gun to melt the solder. Then a push of the button releases the plunger which rapidly moves back out, creating a powerful vacuum that sucks up all the solder. I recently bought one of these and I must say I am impressed with how well it works. It gets ALL of the solder, leaving a clean surface for the next step in your work. There are MANY different solder suckers and solder wicks on the market, which you can find with a Google search.