QUOTE(jeeproject @ Mar 8 2005, 04:02 AM)
I CAN properly use a solder sucker and still prefer desoldering braid. I know my abilitys and how to properly use every tool I own. Which is a vast collection being a Carpenter and Computer Maintenance Tech. Do I always use my tools properly? No I don't, I often find my self improvising depending on the situation.
Just because I prefer desoldering braid does not mean I can't properly use a solder sucker. A very very bad assumption on your part.
I must highly disagree. As many people may know I'm the master of improperly using tools or perhaps using the wrong tool for the job. My car mods are always the stuff that stories are made of as I'm a HUGE proponent of cutting pieces off rather then unbolting things. At work I went from a part time design guy to full time as I was always making up new uses for power tools when doing production work.
I can fix almost anything, but am very willing to admit that often there is a better method or a safer one or a quicker one or all 3. Soldering work is not one of them however.
I've found that solder suckers can much more quickly remove solder from a hole. Especially in cases where there's a pin through it in the way, (Think pin header.) I can desolder a pin header in under 30 seconds and have left a completely solder free set of pads/holes with which to start a new. It's just not as easy with a desoldering braid. I like desoldering braids. I find they clean up messes and such very well. But they are not a replacement for a solder sucker by any means.