Way to fix a broken IC pin


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It is not a good practice to remove an IC from its socket with our hands, It may cause the pins to bend or break; as shown below

Broken IC

with little experience of soldering, you can reuse the IC !!!

IC 8

I have followed these steps to fix it, First i have straightened the bent legs with the help of tweezers as shown.

IC 2     IC 3

What if you don’t have the broken IC pin?, you can cut-down the LED/capacitor/Diode/Damaged-IC legs or a piece of copper to solder it. Prefer the one which sits strong into the IC base. I got a scrap IC base and legs looks similar to the IC pins so removed one of the leg to use it.

IC 5

removed one IC base leg with the help of tweezers

IC 6

IC 7

trimmed it with the help of cutter

Sometimes you may not get more support area to solder, in that case you carve the plastic around the broken pin with a sharp knife

IC 9

IC 10

soldered to the broken leg

Hurray!!! its fixed and reused for application.

Note:
Don’t solder a pin for a long time, IC get overheated and may get burnt.
If you feel the joint is not getting soldered, then try applying some flux.
You can use any other sophisticated tools if available or a screwdriver to pluck the ICs.

CT-620          screw

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