hotair gun + populated PCB = big fun

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All you hardcore hackers probly already know all 'bout this, but I just discovered a fun thing to do with my hotair gun. I stripped an old PCB of all its components like freakin' magic. Damn chips were flying everywhere. It kept me giggling for quite some time . . .

Hee hee, boy am I easily entertained or what? Laughing out loud

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pictures? movie?

pictures? movie?

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Re: hotair gun + populated PCB = big fun + FUMES!

dankephoto wrote:

All you hardcore hackers probly already know all 'bout this, but I just discovered a fun thing to do with my hotair gun. I stripped an old PCB of all its components like freakin' magic. Damn chips were flying everywhere. It kept me giggling for quite some time . . .

Cautionary note to first timers: Have an exhaust fan set up when doing this, wear eye protection, keep a fire extinguisher handy . . . yadda . . . yadda . . .

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Hee hee, boy am I easily entertained or what? Laughing out loud

Me too! ;D

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Fun

I made a keychain with a couple of Intel bridge chips I scavenged that way. A long handle screwdriver helps pushing parts off the solder pads.

I've got a plan for the bare boards as well once I finish getting the slots off. Another note of caution, be careful about heating up capacitors. First one I blew up my heart skipped a beat (then I realized it was fun and pointed it at a bank of them Laughing out loud).

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Tap 'n' go

When I was considering upgrading the memory in the iPaq I had at the time, I read up on heat-gun and toaster oven SMT removal.

I practiced with several 8 and some tall Apple 16MB simms (the 16MB simms because they were closer in density to the SD-RAM I'd have to work with on the ipaq).

I heated them up with the heat gun, then, holding the simm with pliers, gave it a tap on the workbench, and one by one I'd knock the chips and resistors off.

Next step was to make sure I could put them back on and have them still work, otherwise there was no way I'd do the operation on the PDA.

I could only get one simm - an 8MB - to work again. Between the harsh heating I gave the boards, and the lack of a temperature control on my iron, I cooked the chips a bit more than they could take. I decided it would be a mistake to pursue the iPaq upgrade further, unless I wanted to spend a heap of money on better equipment.

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Been there, done that.

Brilliant if you have a dead x100 PowerMac... PPC 601s are beautiful! Laughing out loud

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Dan,

Gee, you're taking to this stuff like gangbusters!! Wink

Now I'm gunna have to go out and buy me a hot air gun, too. Gotta keep up with the Joneses and all that...

Peace,
Drew

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I was in the process of doing

I was in the process of doing this when I killed my old iPaq. I was soldering the memory back on when my wife walked in and tapped me on the sholder. I didn't know she was there and jumped a little. Needless to say I ripped quite a few traces off the board. Killed it dead.... I have a 5555 now, 128mb or ram! No need to upgrade! Smile

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Yikes!

I bet you were pretty pissed!

Peace,
Drew

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