Cleanly de-soldering a pin header

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 in how-to, techniques by DP

boldport has written an article describing a technique he’s used for removing the header cleanly:

Know that sinking feeling after realising that you’ve soldered that 40-pin header on the wrong side of the board? I’ve come up with a technique that works for me for removing the header cleanly and I describe it in the video.

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3 Responses to “Cleanly de-soldering a pin header”

  1. I’ve removed headers before, but didn’t have a fine tip to push the pins all the way through. I used solder wick and a bit of flux to get the pins out. I’ll have to get a fine tip as it looks easier (and since I’m doing more surface-mount work).
    I found I didn’t have to remove the plastic on the header, as the pins would just slide through it once they’re heated up.

  2. Oldtimer says:

    This technique, while valid, is way too much work. This particular type of header is best removed as follows:

    Clamp board in vise.
    Heat one pin at a time and pull out using needle-node pliers. (pin will easily pull out if the header housing).
    Clean vias using solder wick.

    Better yet, do it right the first time…

  3. Firestarter says:

    I solder a thick straight copper wire to all the pins and then apply solder tip to the wire.
    The wire transfers heat to ALL the pins simultaneously and after a awhile I can pull the header out in its entirety.
    For DIL headers I use two wires and alternatively heat the two wires to melt the solder on the header pins simultaneously.
    With two wired it’s a bit fiddly but still faster.
    Alternatively bend the wire into a “U” shape

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