Moving resistors on a PCB?


Joined Sep 20, 2005
I can´t see any resistors except for R13 and 14 inside the red box, could you try and rephrase what you want to (i suppose) remove?


Joined Sep 20, 2005
OK after a second glance now i actually CAN see teeny tiny resistor between the pads.
If you want to remove one, you got three methods that work for me.

Method 1: if you got a fitting shape of the soldering iron, you may be able to grab the resistor with a tweezer and place the iron on it in such way that you are heating both ends at the same time, that should get it moving very easily.

Method 2: since there are large pads and small component, with a clean soldering iron set to maybe up to 350°C without any solder added just heat one end, then the other, maybe repeat a few times, and see if the reistor can be moved with a tweezer. Use liberate amounts of flux.

Method 3: this will get the nearby through holes clogged, but will make sure you can remove the resistor safely. Do the same as method 2, but add reasonably large amounts of solder to form a blob on each end, don´t fear filling up the holes. That will surely get you enough thermal inertia for the resistor to let go. Then use solder wick to clean those holes back again.

Try in that order and see what gets the job done.

panic mode

Joined Oct 10, 2011
if you are not comfortable with soldering, consider removing resistors as mentioned by others and then soldering three rows of headers. then you can use standard jumpers any time you wish to make a change.

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Joined Nov 29, 2011
The method I use for SMT resistors (and SMT devices in general), is to use TWO soldering irons with appropriate tips. Heat both ends and once the solder has melted, slide the component off its pads. I often use this method to work with SMT boards under a microscope.


Joined Apr 24, 2011
Many SMD resistors are small enough to lay a soldering iron tip across the body to heat both sides at once. This usually destroys the resistor (I would never reuse those) but gets them off. I keep a coat of fresh solder on my tip for better heat transfer.

For any excess solder left behind solder wick works wonders.


Joined Aug 27, 2015
Just use the soldering iron on one end of the resistor and then the other. The resistor will stick to your soldering iron. Pick the resistor off with your fingers and use it again.