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RE: [N8VEM-S100:382] What DIP sockets to use in building boards

Agree jack. I have one too.
Question. The hole for the tip I have in my one is quite large. Useful for large solder joints like V regulators etc. Do you know where I can get a tip with a smaller hole. One closer to the pad size for IC sockets.

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From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Jack Rubin
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2011 6:06 PM
To: n8vem...@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [N8VEM-S100:382] What DIP sockets to use in building boards

> Unless you have a completely reliable burned in working board and 
> transfer all the chips across to socket-less board I honestly would 
> not recommend this approach to most people.  If you do it with 
> untested chips and the board does not work it is far more difficult to debug.
> Worse still, for many getting out the IC chip without raising the 
> solder pads from the board is a serious hazard.  If you do find 
> yourself in this situation and you don t have a multi-pin desoldering 
> tool or vacuum desoldering gun its simply best to cut all the IC pins 
> on the (suspected) faulty IC and remove them one at a time. Then use a 
> needle/pointer to enlarge the hole after melting the residual solder.

I'm in love with my Hakko 808 desoldering gun. Everything in a single hand-held unit, including vacuum pump. It's a solder "eraser", allowing you to salvage and redo almost any soldered joint. Another favorite is the Chip-Quik solder removal kit, with a special flux and low melting temp alloy that has saved valuable components for me on several occasions.