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Max The Magnificent
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Unwanted components
Max The Magnificent   3/17/2017 5:46:52 PM
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@Adam: ...The important through-hole components, such as the optocoupler and the triac, seemed to have good solder connections...

Surely all of the components are important LOL

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Re: Unwanted components
David Ashton   3/17/2017 6:25:24 PM
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@Max...Adam said... "...a significant amount of the through-hole devices were lacking in the amount of solder required to make a good soldering joint.  The important through-hole components, such as the optocoupler and the triac, seemed to have good solder connections..."

The bane of my life is poor wave-soldered connections on large or mechanical components, especially connectors or other connections to off-board components.  ICs and discrete parts don't move much and are fine with minimal solder, but a connector (especially one that is used often) needs a good amount of meat on the joint.  If I had a dollar for every connector I've resoldered, I could....buy you lots of beer and bacon :-)

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Re: Unwanted components
Aeroengineer   3/20/2017 10:51:39 AM
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Yeah, I have had to do my fair share of fixing connectors as well.  I can say that this connector that is to the Iron from the main board is solidly attached.

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Re: Unwanted components
Max The Magnificent   3/20/2017 1:08:49 PM
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@David: ...If I had a dollar for every connector I've resoldered, I could....buy you lots of beer and bacon :-)

That's the spirit I like to see -- we need more like you! :-)

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Re: Unwanted components
Aeroengineer   3/20/2017 7:12:28 PM
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There Max goes again, getting us derailed on food again.  I think that we need to add a food designline here.

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Re: Unwanted components
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2017 10:06:34 AM
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@Aeroengineer: ...I think that we need to add a food designline here....

Or perhaps just a "Bacon and Friends" Designline

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Just my 2-cents
Max The Magnificent   3/17/2017 5:48:29 PM
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Re the last photo -- it looks like some of the pins/wires poking through the holes aren't soldered at all -- even if they aren't used, I'd tend to solder them down if thsi was my design...

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Re: Just my 2-cents
Aeroengineer   3/17/2017 6:14:10 PM
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I informed the vendor of this very issue, and the corrective action was already in place. 

I have had the chance to use this device rather extensively over the 4-5 months or so, and I have specifically been looking to see if there are any issues that can be associated with the lack of quality in these solder joints.  To date, I have found none. 

I agree with you though Max that I also solder all joints even if they are no connects.  It is just easier than missing a critical joint.

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What? Electronics Engineers Who Cannot Solder?
Max The Magnificent   3/17/2017 5:49:29 PM
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Dare I be so bold as to reming you of a column I posted quite a while ago: What? Electronics Engineers Who Cannot Solder?

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Re: What? Electronics Engineers Who Cannot Solder?
Aeroengineer   3/17/2017 6:15:03 PM
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That is bringing back some memories.  Glad this non-EE can solder better than other EE's and EE techs.

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Hakko tips
Battar   3/20/2017 10:34:00 AM
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I don't like those Hakko tips. I've used Weller and Hakko irons, and I find the Hakko tips have a life-span shorter than the average housefly, while the Weller tips seem to last until at least the next leap year.

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Re: Hakko tips
Aeroengineer   3/20/2017 10:50:21 AM
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I have never had to replace a tip so far (>8years), though I do not solder everyday either. 

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