Homemade Solder Wick/braid


Introduction: Homemade Solder Wick/braid

I wanted to share with you this trick i learned years ago when i was trying to clean some Pcb traces. One night while i was doing some electronics repair i found out that i run out of solder wick, because i don't use it that much i didn't care to have extra of it, so i grabbed a piece of copper wire, i smeared it with some flux and i use it as a solder wick and it worked like a charm.

Step 1: The Making

To make your own solder wick you will just need a piece of stranded copper wire and some flux.

  1. Strip the wire
  2. Twist the wire to hold a straight shape
  3. Apply some flux to it

And now you just made a solder wick from a piece of copper wire, you can use it as the usual solder wick.

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    and use the wires for traces on a circuit board....

    Shazam! We go us solder wick. I tried this a month ago with coax shield, but didn't use any flux. Solder draws towards the heat, and shield is woven much like wick, so it seemed feasible. No go. The stubborn little wad didn't even melt. I just tried your method with flux, and what a difference. Works just like the stuff that comes in those overpriced plastic yo-yos. I have about a third of a 500 foot spool of plenum coax and a tin of plumber's flux. I might be set for life. Thanks, amgworkshop.