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Soldering Tutorials
If you want to learn how to solder, or improve your soldering skills, check out our basic and advanced soldering tutorials, including videos. The Basic Soldering Tutorial and Basic Desoldering Tutorial are oriented towards beginners who want to repair wiring or replace solenoids, diodes and switches. Both are structured to get you soldering quickly and properly and include quizzes to measure your progress. Our three part advanced series is oriented towards hobbyists with some soldering experience who want to move on to repairing pinball circuit boards. The first tutorial, Advanced Soldering - Tools and Supplies, provides you...
Advanced Desoldering Tutorial
This is part five of a five part series on soldering. This article is specifically oriented towards the advanced soldering techniques. It covers the techniques necessary to desolder circuit board components. The most important things to know about desoldering is that it is much harder than soldering and is where most of the circuit board damage occurs (lifted traces or pads, destroyed through-holes, etc.). The sad part is that all of this is avoidable if you respect the board and know what you're doing. Should I be Repairing Circuit Boards? ...
Basic Desoldering Tutorial
This is part two of a five part series on soldering. This article is specifically oriented towards beginners and playfield desoldering. It covers desoldering tools, supplies and the skills needed to replace a diode, switch, solenoid or broken wire. Advanced skills, better equipment and experience are needed before desoldering pinball circuit boards (see my rant on hobbyists hacking circuit boards). Desoldering Tools and Supplies The first thing you will need is either a desoldering pump (often called a solder sucker) or some solder wick or both (see Image 1). ...
Desoldering Tools
When it comes to desoldering there are numerous tool choices. In some cases which one you use is a matter of personal preference while in other cases the tool you use should be based on the job. For purposes of this discussion I'll break desoldering into two categories: under-playfield soldering (solenoids, switches, diodes and wiring) and circuit board components. Basic desoldering tools for under-playfield work include solder wick, a desoldering bulb or a desoldering pump (called a solder sucker by us old-timers). While the latter two items use vacuum pressure to suck up solder...
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