On Aug 14, 2006, at 12:54 AM, der Mouse wrote:
said a few times, things are *different*...
Different...and harder, it appears,
since at a minimum you need less
common (and more expensive) tools,
Less common in the workshops of people who do
through-hole assembly perhaps.
Less common in stores, too, IME. I have seen cheap soldering irons and
guns on the shelves of numerous hardware-store places, alongside tins
of flux and wire-format solder. I cannot recall ever seeing solder
paste, or hot-air guns suitable for surface-mount work. Similarly, I
have often seen decent soldering irons in catalogs, but can't recall
seeing corresponding SM tools alongside them. Does your experience
differ? It has admittedly been a while since I looked.
The closest thing to an "electronics store" around here is Radio
Shack. The stuff they sell is not, in my opinion, even suitable for
As far as hardware stores...perhaps even less suitable than Radio
As I said
above...it's clear you don't like surface mount technology,
and you're going to PICK PICK PICK at any positive thing anyone says
Whereas you think surface mount can do no wrong, and will not accept
any criticism of it. (Yes, that's an exaggeration, but so is your
summary paraphrase of my posts.)
Perhaps. I just think it's quite silly to take the luddite attitude
that surface mount is automatically evil because it's different from
through-hole. I mean no offense here, but it's obvious that you've
never worked with it. I don't know a single person who still hates it
after having worked with it .
I honestly mean no disrespect here. The whole "surface mount is
hard" thing just grates on my nerves, because pretty much everyone who
has actually done both surface mount and through-hole, myself included,
thinks it's easier.
Cape Coral, FL