Is there a solder wick / braid tool aide or idea for a non-dexterous person?

I know how to use the solder braid / wick I've done it so many times. I still keep making poor mistakes, it gets hot, skids around - burns my fingers or melts that dumb plastic thing it comes in.

I was wondering if anyone else gets frustrated with it skidding around and just holding it still. Is there a tool or something I can make - has anyone seen, that better clamps that down so I can manage it? Feels like a snake that comes alive and wants to go home when I put it to work.

Get a pair of forceps:

Put liquid flux on the solder wick.

Try making a few spiral wrappings around the business end.

my thoughts exactly. But forceps/pliers, will act as a heatsink . Don't grab the wick very close to your work. Once you get the solder on the wick, don't just cut it off. Grab the portion with solder on it. It's rigid and it will help you guide the wick into place.

Will this stuff do?

eBay quick search for liquid flux

I figured I would ask, since it took me like 5 tries to order solder online and get burned - since the Radio Shacks have all closed down.

I think I tried clipping the wick at some point, it just seemed to hinge on me and go opposite direction. I was hoping there was something that looked like those white-out ribbon dispensors they sell at office store, like a wind-up clamp with some long fingers or something.

I feel like I need TWO forceps, and the wick spanned between them - to be able to hold THAT with one hand over the lead, while I aim the solder iron in a space the size of a grain of rice.

Don’t know about that brand.
I use MG liquid flux, not sure of the product number.

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Hi,

NOTE; That one is called "American Beauty'.... something lost in translation? ? ?

google solder wick dispenser

Tom.... :slight_smile:

A lot of flux on the braid and a clean tip go a long way, along with having enough heat. When I have to use it, I set the braid where it is needed, place the iron tip and gently roll it. Having the pcb held secure goes a long ways too.

What size solder are you using that you are needing braid regularly? Have you tried solder paste?

I like to hang a half inch or so beyond the starting point. This allows pulling the hanging end across the hot joint for a better chance of getting it all the first time. Much harder to push the limp braid into the joint. I find it helps too to push the component lead against the side of the hole.

+1 for forceps and applying extra flux

I have never used solder paste. I use #44 kester solder .031" Been soldering for many years, have a jig for holding circuit boards with a heavy cast iron base.

It's like - once the solder starts getting on the braid, I can pull it down 1/2" to the end - and it's NEVER ENOUGH to get it, and there is a TINY little bit blocking the dip hole, and the only thing I have to do is dab solder again and repeat it over and over until it finally clears the damned hole. It's driving me so crazy, I actually started making my own continuous vaccumm de-soldering iron, because the $400 hakko one is too much money for me to spend for an iron with a pump and a filter.

DocStein99:
and there is a TINY little bit blocking the dip hole, and the only thing I have to do is dab solder again and repeat it over and over until it finally clears the damned hole.

I know what you mean. It doesn't work in every case but, when that happens I have had some success holding the lead with the forceps then heating the pad 'til the solder melts then wiggling the forceps while pulling the iron away. This prevents the remaining solder from getting a good hold by intentionally creating a cold joint and many times the lead can be pulled out. The hole and the lead can then be touched up separately for a smooth finish.

Hi,
I also have these hollow tools that I use if the PCB is mutli layer and sinks a lot of heat.
You push them over the end of the wire as you heat the pad, it slides down into the plated through hole and displaces the solder.

I got mine on ebay.

Tom.. :slight_smile:

Wow, that's a seriously specialised tool!

For serious desoldering, the Hakko 808* is the bomb. I can usually salvage both the part and the board without damage.

But I still use solder wick occasionally to clean up bridges on SMT components.

  • Hakkko sell a different tool in some countries. I have both, but I don't remember the model number. It works exactly the same as the 808.

I could not even imagine how the hollow needles worked, but I did manage to find a video to show me.

Desoldering hollow needles

DocStein99:
I could not even imagine how the hollow needles worked, but I did manage to find a video to show me.

Desoldering hollow needles

Mine are prettier colour than his... :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: