Circuit board trace repair and failures

Discussion in 'Radio Circuits, Repair & Performance' started by KC4UMO, Dec 13, 2015.

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    Circuit Board Failure Reasons:
    a.Discrete Component Failure - excessive heat, rises in ESR
    b.Power Component Failure - heat, over or under voltage
    c.Trace Damage - power surges, lightning strikes, metallic dust
    d.Physical damage - plain, old damage
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  2. N8YX

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    In my board rework area, I have a Pace PRC 2000 (PPS-400) with an LF-15 LapFlo handpiece, a Pulse Plate handpiece and a MicroChine. Also present are a goodly amount of Pace and APE funnelets and circuit-track repair strips. This setup will repair multilayer boards if the tracks aren't too tight and you have a patient operator working the thing.

    One word of advice for the gang in general: When repairing a burned board, remove ALL (every bit) of the damaged PCB material without penetrating through the entire board. This is where the MicroChine or a Dremel tool with appropriate bits comes in handy. You may then mix a filler of ground-up circuit board and epoxy glue; you want more PCB material than you do glue in the slurry. Apply to damaged area(s), smooth and let fully harden then shape, drill and lay new tracks as needed.
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  3. K8AC

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    Great info - thanks for the video. Just wanted to mention in regards to flux: I often use a Kester Flux-Pen where I need some flux laid down on a board. This pen looks like a magic marker, with a similar felt tip, but it puts down a clear flux - just enough to do the job. The one I have is marked "#951" .

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