Hints for desoldering

Bruce Tomlin
DISCLAIMER: I take no responsiblity for you screwing anything up from following these instructions. Desoldering a chip is a very tricky procedure. I've done it a lot and still mess up. Hints are no substitute for practice and experience!

First of all, know what your goal is. Is your goal to remove an unwanted chip from an important board, or to remove an important chip from an unwanted board?

If it's the former, the best way is to cut off all the legs of the chip, then desolder each pin individually. The pins can then be removed with a soldering iron and a pair of pilers. Cleaning out the holes with a desoldering iron is rather simple at that point.

But if it's the chip you want, here's some tips for desoldering DIP package integrated circuits: