[sdiy] SMD component kits and tweezers

Robin Whittle rw at firstpr.com.au
Tue Aug 21 13:28:47 CEST 2012

Hi Christian,

Thanks for this suggestion:

> http://www.rapidonline.com/Tools-Equipment/C-K-Precision-Tweezer-2317-105mm-501230
> Useful for aligning SMD ICs, since your hand won't obscure the tips,
> even though the tips can be perpendicular to the chip, e.g. between pins.
> Also useful for desoldering passive 2 pin parts, because you can hold the
> part with the bent tips lying flat on the PCB, allowing quick solder
> access to both pins. With straight tweezers you have to move the iron
> around the tips.

I have some cheap tweezers in this shape.  I worked on them with a
sharpening stone to give them better tips.

I have added clear heatshrink to parts of these tweezers to give me a
better grip than I get with plain metal.

  - Robin

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