Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:You'll be fine. Looked like that board had a DIP and a few through-hole discretes?
Through-hole isn't an issue. As I said, I built enough HeathKits back in the day to learn those skills and kill brain cells through the lovely aroma of rosin-core lead solder. It's the small stuff like SMT that gives me the willies.
I've done a very limited amount of SMT repair work. Mostly of the "glob some solder on then try to fix the obvious visible shorts after the fact" variety.
I work with a guy who has actually fixed screwed up prototype SMT boards where the original layout was wrong, and the fix involved scraping away PCB material to get down to a blind via buried a half dozen layers deep in order to solder a wire to it.
Amazed the sh*t out of me the first time I saw him do that. And he's *good* at it too -- his success rate on doing crazy stuff like that is close to 100%.
Captain Ned wrote:EDIT: You and I are part of the very few here who even know what HeathKit means. I built my last HeathKit over 20 years ago and it still soldiers on as the alarm clock on my nightstand.
Amazingly (given my background and age) I never built an honest-to-God Heathkit. But my first PC (an IMSAI) was assembled largely from kits, and my first part-time job was for one of the first local PC retailers, who decided they would try to save some money by buying as many cards as they could in kit form, and hiring a high school student to sit in the basement and solder them together for minimum wage!