Tools Needed for SMC Mods

Frequently asked questions about tools and instruments used in stompbox development.

Tools Needed for SMC Mods

Postby CHEEZOR » 12 Jul 2009, 15:12

Hello,
I am definately a noob with electronics, but I have been playing around with them for years. I was wondering what tools you would need to do some mods to pedals that are built with surface mounted parts? I would like to try modding some of my cheaper pedals, but I would like to know what kinds of tools are out there to make the job easier and what kind of price range they are in.

Thanks for your time!

Cheezor
CHEEZOR
Diode Debunker
 
Posts: 852
Joined: 10 Jul 2009, 19:19
Location: California
Has thanked: 67 times
Have thanks: 87 times

Re: Tools Needed for SMC Mods

Postby JiM » 13 Jul 2009, 01:02

Here are some good tutorials :
http://www.ladyada.net/library/equipt/index.html
http://www.ladyada.net/learn/soldering/ (not specifically about SMD ... yet)

You don't need specialized tools to work occasionnaly with SMD, just reasonnable quality stuff.
I suggest the following :
  1. a good pair of tweezers
  2. a fine-tipped soldering iron (no need to be needle-sharp, it won't transfert heat)
  3. soldering flux
  4. desoldering braid
  5. a magnifying lamp can be useful
  6. sometimes a second soldering iron, to pick a chip by both ends
User avatar
JiM
Diode Debunker
 
Posts: 907
Joined: 11 Mar 2008, 23:56
Location: France
Has thanked: 26 times
Have thanks: 36 times

Re: Tools Needed for SMC Mods

Postby CHEEZOR » 15 Jul 2009, 02:07

Thanks a lot for the recommendations! :D
CHEEZOR
Diode Debunker
 
Posts: 852
Joined: 10 Jul 2009, 19:19
Location: California
Has thanked: 67 times
Have thanks: 87 times


Return to Electronics Tools

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest