Quoted from oldschoolbob:
I can never understand why some people will go to all the work to replace something and put in inferior or questionable parts.
I'm thinking for the newbie, or someone not versed in electronics, that electronics detail parts all look the same and price becomes the determining factor. I try to buy local whenever I can; Until 6-7 months ago, we had a small independent electronics supply store that had been here since the 60s. I bought my .062 crimp contact sockets and pins from this shop. The shop closed; For good. So, I bought a quantity of these parts from G-P-E.
I thought these crimp contracts were all the same. Quality of manufacture had not entered my mind. I found out different. The crimps I got from G-P-E have a longer crimp area where the wire gets crimped. The extra length make them much easier to do a proper crimp.
But how do you know? My local shop did not come out saying, " Hey, these crimps have a shorter crimp area than others you can buy." And G-P-E's website does not call out that its crimps have a longer crimp area. Price was not even a consideration on these low-priced crimps. I just was buying local.
Unless you know what to look for and what questions to ask, you are going to look at price---until you get burned.
Re-flowing: To do what you are suggesting--and I am not disagreeing--and remove solder and replace headers, to avoid exercises in futility one really needs a de-solder gun. Everybody says Hakko is the one to have; Dig deep for the $300.00. I did and I have never regretted it. But for many, three yards for a de-solder gun is a bridge too far. Yeah, Yeah. You can use the copper braid but for reflowing it is a poor substitute. So, reflowing floats to the top as the go-to option.