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    Default Re: Soldering Basics >>Please read if new to soldering<<

    I think you should be ok if you are using leaded solder as it has a lower melting point (450F), but if you are using a lead free solder then you are going to have to definitely use a hotter station. I personally use lead free and work at about 650F. I am seriously thinking of switching over to leaded solder though as lead free can be a HUGE PAIN IN THE *CENSORED*! Especially during desoldering and rework.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkey View Post
    I have a digital Iron and the temperature only goes up to 480F

    Would I need to upgrade?
    I would bet that is Celsius. I would check your manual. ;) (The Celsius on mine goes to 480*)
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    Default Re: Soldering Basics >>Please read if new to soldering<<

    I took a closer look at the CSI stations.

    As far as I can tell, the CSI-1A = Aoyue 936
    CSI-2A = Aoyue 937
    The 937+ which I have changes the temperature control from a dial to pushbuttons.

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    Thought I would throw my 2 cents in on this thread. It should be mentioned that not all solders are created equal regardless of the type (eg: 67-33 rosin core .031 etc). I have used many different brands of the same type of solder only to find that some of it is absolute crap. For instance I have found that the stuff from Radio Shack made the stuff from China look like junk. Then about 5 or 6 years ago I started using Kester "44" 67-33 rosin core which put the Radio Shack stuff to shame. The point I'm trying to make is you can have the best soldering iron in the world but equally important is the quality of the solder itself. I'm sure there are many members here who have discovered this as well.

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    Default Re: Soldering Basics >>Please read if new to soldering<<

    Had to take some triacs off a Ren24 (wrong ones mixed in the bag) and I've never desoldered before. Went out and got a desolder braid and went at it. The problem/question is, in the process I ended up removing a couple of the solder pads. Is all lost?

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    Can you post a picture of the damage? Sometimes you can repair it.
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    I have found it easier to cut the triac legs, then de-solder the legs one at a time. The triac is going to be trashed anyway. Then, it is easier to clean the holes with a wick or however you need to remove the unwanted solder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith R View Post
    I have found it easier to cut the triac legs, then de-solder the legs one at a time. The triac is going to be trashed anyway. Then, it is easier to clean the holes with a wick or however you need to remove the unwanted solder.
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    Great idea, wish I would have thought of that.

    Wayne, here are some pics. One on the front of the board and different one on the backside.frontside.jpgbackside.jpg
    Last edited by gassy; 01-22-2012 at 09:16 PM.

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    From those pictures, just solder the side of the PCB that has a pad and you should be OK. I say this because I see no trace going to those pads, so the trace would be on the other side.
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    Default Re: Soldering Basics >>Please read if new to soldering<<

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith R View Post
    I have found it easier to cut the triac legs, then de-solder the legs one at a time. The triac is going to be trashed anyway. Then, it is easier to clean the holes with a wick or however you need to remove the unwanted solder.
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