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Why won't my soldering iron melt solder??


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it has been my experience... that when someone overheats and/or uses crap solder to make a pot connection... the best way to go is to get some de-soldering braid with lots of flux on it.  In fact... I have taken mg chem de-soldering braid, dipped it in flux... and then let it drool all over the pot.  Leaves a mess you need to clean up with alcohol... but is 100/100 in terms of getting nasty grey'd out solder to relinquish its grip on pots.  At least that is what works for me.  Does generally require a little more heat from the iron (usually 550 for me).  Hope that helps!

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