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A Pecos Diary - My Journey to Pinball Operator

By Pecos

3 years ago


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#187 3 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

I clean off all dust with a small paintbrush. I use flux, 'Master Mechanic Solder Paste, cleans * fluxes.' Here is a pic of my soldering/desoldering station:
[quoted image]

I have always been able to solder on only the solder side but learned soon enough that this didn't work with the bridge rectifiers. So, yes, I soldered both sides.

The blackened area is where the trace was, the important word being 'was.' When I cleaned the area with Isopropyl alcohol, part of the trace broke off. I used two pieces of speaker wire and solder to replace the trace.

I can normally do a decent job soldering components on these boards, but these bridge rectifiers have been nothing but trouble.

I'm running my adjustable temperature solenoid station at 310º. I was running at 360º but the Chinese Yihua soldering station was going through too many heating elements. 310º seems to work fine for me.

I have a Hakko desoldering gun. Yes, I remove all old solder. It's fun sucking up that old stuff with the Hakko! Thanks mom, dad and brother for the gift!! It's been a real time and board saver!
Thanks ralph67 for taking the time to list out the helpful soldering tips. I will admit that I don't keep my soldering tip clean. I will change this bad habit immediately.

Use a choir-girl copper scrubber in a tuna can for easy cleaning of tips.

You can buy something like this also.

2 months later
#246 2 years ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Sorry, did not mean to come across so sharply, but I was on my tablet at the time & it's a pain to type long messages on.
It 's just that it would look so much better & would likely draw in more business with a nice fresh paint job. I'm all for a bit of patina wear, but the cab on that pin is too far gone.
Nothing but admiration to Pecos for getting his pins out there in the wild for more to enjoy.

Oddly, one doesn't play the cabinet and mostly you cant see the cabinet in a row.

If the game plays solid and fast, it will make money.

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