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    Default How do I remove solder from a board-mounted switch?

    I want to replace this switch, but I don't know how to get the solder off of the board to remove the switch. Does anyone have a clever trick to do this?

    I don't really feel like buying a solder wick or solder sucker. I would rather just cut the ribbon and solder it directly to the switch.

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    Wick or a solder sucker is really the only way. If that is the actual switch you're working on that is hardly any solder. I wouldn't worry too much about it. I just reflow what is there, add a bit more and you're done.

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    Thanks, Ben.
    What does that mean, to "reflow what is there?"
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    Just essentially tin the pins. What is your goal with the switch?

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    To remove it so it can be replaced.
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    Whoever said solder wick and solder suckers are the right tools for the job here is crazy.












    Crazy right.
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    AH okay. I thought you were trying to reinstall that one.

    Don't bother with solder wick. It sucks ass and never works. Go to ebay or someplace and get a desolder gun. Probably has a bulb on the end. Don't bother with those suckers that aren't powered, they blow, too.

    I use one of these:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00068IJSG...d-a3f4d08ced8f

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    Personally I'd just clip the tabs off both sides of the board if the switch is bad, remove it that way and then use a solder sucker to get the solder out of each slot, the remaining piece of the tabs will come out once there's not enough solder to keep them in place.
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    Well, crap. Yeah, I don't see any way of getting the switch off without either buying a solder sucker or cutting off the board.

    Thanks for your input, everyone.
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    Is this for the pussy melter pedal by chance?
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