Gerrit points out this simple yet quite helpful tool he made for keeping squirrelly surface mount parts in place for soldering –
This simple tool will change your life. I was lucky to learn how to solder surface mount from a master. He had crafted a tool very similar to this for himself and used it daily. The design is simple, a weighted pin is attached to a piece of round stock and this holds the part down on the board. Using this tool I soldered an entire surface mount board with no errors on my first try.
Very cool – perhaps teaching your family to solder surface mount parts is the logical next step? ;) Head over to Gerrit’s blog for the basic instructions.
4 thoughts on “How-To: Pointer weight for SMD soldering”
the simplest things are always the most awesome. this is one of those “why didnt i think of that” things. great job!
Multiply that by a few times and make it out of steel, and you’ve got the weight I use to hold things down for welding!
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