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Post 53 made on Wednesday June 29, 2005 at 00:15
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May 2005
On 06/19/05 20:59 ET, shanewood said...
Glad I found this thread! Only problem is, I
know jack about soldering. I bought a soldering
iron kit and I think I have what I need to do
it...I just don't even know where to start.

Is this easy enough for an amateur to do? (Or
explain to an amateur over a forum thread?) Would
love to fix this thing myself if it's possible.
Any help is appreciated -- thanks in advance!!!

It's not hard at all, really. Have you found the correct pins on the circuit board, and looked closely enough to determine that there are indeed cracks? If so, you really don't even need any solder to do this job, just the soldering iron. Plug it in, give it 5 minutes to heat up, and touch it to the tip of the pin on one of the joints that is cracked. Watch the base of the joint, and when the metal melts (it will change consistency--you'll know it when you see it), you take the iron off. When it cools, the crack will be gone. Do that for all three joints, just to be safe (there's a chance that one of them will be cracked and you just can't see the crack). I wouldn't recommend an amateur adding any solder in this project, since you risk adding too much and your joint might overrun onto an adjacent joint, shorting out a circuit. Hope this helps. Be sure to post your results, and feel free to ask any followup questions.

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