- Aug 28, 2010
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What wattage is the iron? If it's not hot enough, you'll have to hold it on the solder longer which if you're not careful can overheat the components or board. Also, if you're using a low wattage iron, like say a 45w, you'll probably have to wait for it to get nice and hot, tin the tip then place on the braid. The braid will cool the tip some as it acts like a heatsink. If you do it right, you should be able to suck all the solder out and pull the pot free in one go. If you want to be safe, you can put an alligator clip/forceps, etc onto the component and it will act as a heatsink.