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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 12:26:59 -0600
From: "Jerry Girard"
Subject: Re: SMT boards: assembly and potting Q
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 13:26:11 -0500
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I can't believe no one has figured this out. This works for any part with
any amount of pins:
1. Place a wee bit of solder on ONE pad to tin.
2. Grab the part with tweezers and place it on the PCB with the soldering
iron heating the tinned pad.
3. Align and hold the part then remove the iron. The tinned pad holds the
4. Solder the remaining pads and also solder the inital tinned pad to
5. Enjoy your beautiful masterpiece.
The trick to hand soldering SMT is to use a medium to small tip--not
needle-like, Very thin solder-- .015" and a flux pen. The flux pen works
magically especially on IC pins. You soak up the pins and then you can drag
the solder across the pins and solder the whole side of an IC in 200mS and
it looks better that a machine could ever do. The flux allows the solder to
flow by itself magically.
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