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  • Here's a quick video of drag soldering--a technique that enables you to quickly solder entire sides of ICs by simply dragging the iron across all the pins. ┬áThe key is starting with the right amount of solder, and adding generous flux. ┬áThe results are often better and more uniform than individual pin soldering.


  • When soldering a lot of surface mount chips, or when you don't have a clamp handy, sometimes the best solution is just a piece or two of double-sided tape between the board and desk. "De-stick" the tape a little by touching it with your fingers to avoid permanent additions to your desk and to make it easier to rotate the board when needed. Only a small amount of tape is needed.


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