Ever wanted to de-solder tiny Integrated Circuits but never knew how or those "Hot Air" rework stations are too expensive?
Well I have the (near) perfect solution for you!
Okay well, I have just started to get into SMD soldering and always wanted to scavenge components from other circuit board that I have lying around. recent I pulled apart an old printer and found that most of the ICs on it had their data sheets publicly available and thought to myself maybe I could use that in my next project.
The problem is that i had no way of removing the component without destroying the chip using conventional de-soldering techniques with my good and trusty soldering iron.
So after a while I decided to try and remove the component using a butane gas torch, and would you know it, it was a complete success!
So now I'm going to share with you what i found.
Note: Videos will be uploaded soon...
Step 1: Pre-cautions
Before we start, I want to give you a word of warning about the dangers involved in this instructable.
When using the Butane Gas Torch, the tip will be very, very hot. do not let your fingers any where near it and do not point it at living things as it will burn just about anything.
Make sure no plastic will be near where you are working as it will burn quite quickly or it could melt from the uncontrolled heat.
Always make sure your work area is clean and tidy to prevent any accidents from happening.