I wanted to share my method for replacing board headers. I’m sure others have their own techniques, but I’ve found this way to be safe. I’ve never removed a through hole eyelet with this technique. YMMV.
First, a picture of my patient. It’s a WPC89 driver board from a STTNG. I have random resets, so I’m bulletproofing the 5V circuit. It’s a bit of a shotgun approach, aka replace everything relative to 5V. I’ve been doing board work for 20 years, so I’m comfortable with this approach.
You’ll want to wear safety glasses when doing this. Header pins will go flying violently when you snip them off, as will plastic pieces when you remove the header plastic. I’m like every guy in the world and generally ignore safety notes. Trust me, you can take out an eye doing this. Take safety precautions!