How to remove components from PCB

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frenchie29

Joined Nov 28, 2008
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I just gutted my old computer, lots of goodies in it. How do you guys remove components on a pcb? I tried solder wick but doesn't work that good I tried the pump but still not doing a good job.
 

mik3

Joined Feb 4, 2008
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Try to blow hot air with a hair blower for some seconds and then pull the component.
 

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
7,699
I assume they are mostly SMD. Some people simple play a soft torch flame on the back of the PCB and let the parts fall into a container. I have used a commercial heat gun for the same purpose. I suspect an ordinary hair dryer might not be hot enough.

John
 

SgtWookie

Joined Jul 17, 2007
22,201
Newer computers have components soldered together with lead-free solder. Hobbyist soldering irons may not get hot enough to melt this type of solder.
 
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