May 31 2005, 02:44 AM
I think most people are now able to install the spiderchip using my website with as little trouble as possible. Both the squeeze guide and the solder guide have helped soo many people.
The main question i get asked now is ...
How do i clear out the via's ( small holes ) where the spiderchips legs go ?
I have said before that a needle can be used and this has helped some people but their are still far too many people that have not had success using this method.
If you did successfully remove the green laquer from your via's could you please reply with what tools you used and how you did it.
Thanks to all ...
May 31 2005, 02:51 AM
I throw it in the mud and shoot it with my shot gun a few times. Always gets things booting.
If that doesn't work, I try power tools.
Here is a picture of my method:
(this isn't really me.)
Jun 5 2005, 02:26 AM
Hey - someone needs to post a serious reply in here!
(sorry about the threadcrapping - too many martinis)
I've never fit a spider chip, but my general guidelines for clearing a via of soldermask is to take a razorblade and use the corner to scratch away the solder mask.
I find it takes a bit of practice to get use to clearing the soldermask, but you have to sweep left and right while scratching up and down, so that you make a 'waveform' pattern across the via. No need to be gentle, iether. I'm pretty rough with those little bastards (obviosly only to an extent - they WILL tear off eventually. I just scrape until thier shiny).
Patten across via looks like this (but more condensed and more cycles):
| /\ / |
|/ \ / |
| \/ |
Let me know if you need any professional ascii art done. I clearly kick ass.
Jun 5 2005, 03:29 AM
Yeah but scraping the top clear of soldermask so you have a shinny via to solder too is one thing but the spiderchip has legs which are bare non coated wire that fit inside the via and sometimes the soldermask has gone inside the hole !
People need a sure way method of clearing these holes. Something like grab a pair of needle nose's and grab one single pin from a headerpin and force it into the via and turn it around several times and then pull it out !
uno that sorta thing !
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