This is a mini-instructable on a method of de-soldering that makes it easy to remove large, delicate or otherwise difficult components without damaging them, as long as you don't mind destroying the PCB in the process. This makes parts harvesting from old electronics much easier and with a greater success rate.
This method is useful when the object you are trying to desolder has a lot of pins, especially with a through-hole-plated PCB which can be notoriously difficult to suck the solder out of using a pump or braid. Heat guns aren't always an option either if the part is made of plastic. In my case, these ZIF sockets have the metal pins going right into the plastic body, and applying heat for more than a few seconds will melt the body of the socket and ruin these very expensive items.
Tools required are:
- Soldering iron