Solder sucker? Answered
Hello all. I had a question about desoldering. First thing is that I have desoldering wick. I found out I was using it wrong. I melted the solder and then placed the end of the wick in the melted solder. But I watched a youtube video and according to that I should place the wick on the solder and then heat up the wick and solder as one. But this still has not been working very well for me. The wick is over a year old and I was wondering if this could be a problem. But my other question is how well do those spring loaded solder suckers work? I was thinking about perhaps ordering one off of e-bay. Yes I know I might find one in a good hardware store but I have some paypal money I could use. In case you do not know what I am talking about....it is the spring loaded suckers where you cock it, put it next to the melted solder and then press a button and it forms a vacuum and sucks up the solder into it. I think I can pick one up for a few bucks off-line, so if you people say they work well then I will give it a shot.
Also in case you want to know what I am working on. This would be used for salvaging parts of of circuit boards. Like right now I am trying to salvage a few capacitors and also a couple of flyback transformers from crt computer monitors. Also tomorrow I am tearing apart a broken water cooler to see if there is anything I can take out of there.
I have also being having a problem getting solder to melt in the first place. But that probably just has something to do with the 2 soldering irons I am using and I am trying my best to figure it all out. I know my way around computers as far as building and repairing them. But soldering and desoldering is something I really want to learn to be able to further my computer repair skills. Sometimes it would save so much money being able to solder and desolder myself. Especially those darn ac ports that are soldered right onto the boards sometimes.
I have not actually made anything from this site yet. But this is a wonderful site and after cruzing the forums here I am pretty sure I will get some good replies. Ok I will stop babbling and I look forward to your replies.