Desoldering Iron not desoldering?

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Desoldering Iron not desoldering?

Post by Kurt_ » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:27 pm

Well the title says it all. I'm practicing on a broken SNES cartridge for relocation, and my desoldering iron is NOT desoldering. The pump still pumps air, and the iron still heat up. I even filed the top a TINY bit to make sure that it was flat.

What's happening? Any clue? Should I just get a new one or something?

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Post by Gamelver » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:32 pm

try getting some solder and melting it on there. If it doesn't melt, then there's your problem.
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Post by Kurt_ » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:43 pm

Unfortunately, that's NOT my problem. Solder still melts normally on the tip. Is it possible that the tip needs to be perfectly flat on the PCB to suck solder up?

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Post by timmeh87 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:47 pm

use more flux
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Post by Kurt_ » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:14 pm

I loaded both the wire and the iron with flux. Still nothing.

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Post by Life of Brian » Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:55 pm

Might there be some build-up inside the nozzle? I had to unscrew mine and tackle it with a very skinny round file in order to get mine working well again.
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Post by vb_master » Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:59 pm

I am partial to desoldering braid.

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Post by Kurt_ » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:47 pm

Problem Solved, I just had to press really hard and figure out a "trick".

I only rippe dout about 10 pins in the end, pretty good considering there's 62 and they can be put back in rather easily.

Sucessful desolder! Thanks.

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