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[time-freq] SMT part removeal (was Handling 0603 parts)

Bill Tracey kd5tfd at ewjt.com
Wed May 3 20:55:55 UTC 2006

For removal of surface mount components I've had good results with a 
'Stampabilities Embossing Heat Gun' - sells for $20 at Hobby Lobby, 
frequently on sale for $10 or so.    The Soft Rock yahoo list and QRP-L 
have had a fair amount of discussion on using this for assembly with solder 
paste and the merits of hot air gun vs. toaster oven soldering.  Both 
techniques seem to work, the nice thing about the hot air gun approach is 
you can also use it for removal.

For info on the heat gun technique see: 
For a write up on the toaster oven technique: 


Bill (kd5tfd)

At 01:28 PM 5/3/2006, tom_holmes at agilent.com wrote:
>Hi Steve...
>I would vote for the SMT Tool kit, and if there is anything that can be 
>added to assist with part removal, that would be great. I think it would 
>expand the potential market, as a lot of folks want to repair equipment or 
>modify their designs, too.
>If shipping the flux pens is a problem, we can always tell people what to 
>order from D-K. It may be possible to ship them if the quantity involved 
>is below some limit, or there is some consideration in the packaging that 
>reduces the hazard. What is in the organic stuff--alcohols or the like? 
>Doesn't seem likely if it washes off with soap and water, but that's 
>usually what organic implies to me, hydrocarbons.
>Tom Holmes, N8ZM
>RF/Microwave Applications Engineer
>Agilent Technologies,Inc.
>Dayton, Ohio
>toll free: 877-470-6124
>telnet:(847) 944-6249
>e-mail: tom_holmes at agilent.com

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