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Antisoldering: How to Fix Mistakes and Salvage Free Parts

Learn the tricks and tools of rework - how to fix soldering goofs and pull free parts from scrapped boards!

Have you ever removed a component and couldn't unplug the hole*? Want to stock your shop with free parts? Want to prevent toxic trash from hitting the landfill? Bored with kits and want to add new skills to your tool belt? Then you want to be in this class.

Professional prototyper and MakerBar cofounder Zack Freedman will show you the tricks he uses on a daily basis, including:

  • Fixing goofs like backwards LED's and wrong resistors without damaging the board
  • Pulling expensive components like FPGA's and specialty chips from streetside trash
  • Unplugging through-holes*
  • Working with surface-mount components
  • Deciding which tool is right for the job and using it correctly
  • Identifying salvaged components, learning how to use them, and modifying them to fit a breadboard

The Fun Stuff:

You'll train with an arsenal of professional tools, including the desoldering iron, ChipQuik, hot-air rework, solder braid, and the solder sucker. Most of these aren't available at RadioShack - you'll need to visit a factory or the MakerBar to try them out!

Not only do you get to keep any components you salvage, you get to stay late to salvage as many as you'd like! You'll also get a free breakout board to fit your favorite surface-mount salvage onto a breadboard.

Rules and Restrictions:

Proficiency with a soldering iron is required for this class. If you don't have basic soldering skills, you will be issued a refund and politely asked to leave.

You don't need to bring anything to this class except two functional hands. If your eyesight ain't what it used to be, you may want to bring a small table lamp or flashlight. If you have extra electronics that you would like to dispose of, this would be an excellent opportunity to put them to better use.

Due to the mildly dangerous nature of this class, which includes molten, searing, caustic, and otherwise liability-causing contrivances, minors under 18 may only participate with a paid adult chaperone.

But Wait! There's More!

I don't receive any compensation for this class - I'm volunteering my time because I love you. Every dollar goes to the MakerBar so we can offer learning opportunities and inspirational technology to the community, and make them more exciting than television. Buying a ticket supports our mission and nothing else.

*You will use this technique thousands of times, and look incredibly cool to other hackers. Many professional technicians can't do this. Learning to unplug through-holes will change your life. This skill alone is worth the price of the class.

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  • Nick R.

    excelent. ChipQuick is awsome! Thanks to Zack for an excelent class

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Zack F.

    Thanks everyone for being awesome participants. It was tough to clean up because so many expertly-salvaged components were all over the place! We covered a ton of material and I hope you guys use it!

    Remember, you can come in any Wednesday or Friday to practice. We're out of ChipQuik, but everything else is available for you to use.

    March 24, 2013

  • Glenn M.

    Thanks so much for a great class, Zack! Really enjoyed it and look forward to attending more events at Makerbar.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Luke K.

    Terrific job, Zack! Thanks so much.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Nick R.

    you promised to switch

    February 21, 2013

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Additional notes: Because materials are purchased in advance, we won't be able to refund $10 of the fee. Refunds will be $65. If you request a refund, you are entitled to claim your materials at any Soldering Wednesday or Craft Night Friday.

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