[75] Pedal modding tip

Date: March 4th, 2008 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY.

Solder paste flux

A quick tip for everyone who likes to mod pedals. Copper desoldering braid is commonly used to draw liquefied solder off the pcb pads as you are trying to remove parts, but sometimes the heated solder just does not want to stick to the braid, especially the new lead-free stuff. Here is how to make it practically jump from the board onto the copper wire.

Get some paste flux, such as the Kester shown here, and wipe the braid across the surface so that a small amount of the paste is on the surface of the braid before you start. Now, when you heat the solder on the pads and apply the braid, the solder will be drawn to it and the pad (and part lead) will be left clean.

This is so efficient that you can remove solder from the pads on an IC and then just lift the chip off the board with little or no damage. Give it a try the next time you are modding a pedal!

Also, check out my Big Muff and Rat mods: http://www.muzique.com/ebook.htm


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