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    Senior Member linung's Avatar
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    Any one handy with a Soldiering Iron?

    Here is the long story. I've had this Logitech M70 trackball for around 4 years. Recently it started to randomly double click on stuff. I found out its cause the click switch is wearing out and needs to be replaced. So first I've gotta find the replacement switches. Then I've gotta take apart the trackball. Then remove the solder. Then replace the switch. Then solder the new switch in. Finally put the mouse back together.
    So that means I need a soldiering iron and set up. Any one have a good recommendation on what to get? What brands to avoid?
    I'm not looking to spend hundreds on this. I've got two other mouse that may eventually need the same fix, so this stuff need to be able to sit around a long time and not break.
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    Depends on the size of trace the thing has inside it. I've got a cheap 12$ single heat thing that I do my hobby electronics that was probably purchased at the source. Realistically, the hardest part will be sourcing the replacement switch. Don't forget to get some solder wick to remove the existing solder.
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    Nothing over 25 watts for work on printed cct boards and other electronics. Should be able to get a small kit with iron, solder and a few other accessories for less than $25.
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    I've got two older mouse that uses the same switch. So I'm most likely good on spare parts.
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    My good soldering iron has woven cloth insulation on its power cord, circa 1958 vintage.
    The little one came from Radio Shack for $8, but I don't use it if I can use the good one, although there is nothing wrong with it.
    They aren't real complicated bits of machinery, even a cheap one should be good enough for what you're wanting.
    One of thos 'third hand' vice thingies from Princess Auto would be really handy for that.
    I keep meaning to pick one up for myself.

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    Get yourself a good solder sucker. Looks like a big syringe. It's a must if you are desoldering a board. Little heat and sucks the solder out of the holes. Makes placing the new part way easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rory McCanuck View Post
    My good soldering iron has woven cloth insulation on its power cord, circa 1958 vintage.
    The little one came from Radio Shack for $8, but I don't use it if I can use the good one, although there is nothing wrong with it.
    They aren't real complicated bits of machinery, even a cheap one should be good enough for what you're wanting.
    One of thos 'third hand' vice thingies from Princess Auto would be really handy for that.
    I keep meaning to pick one up for myself.

    https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...ss/A-p8670945e
    thinking about getting this one from amazon.
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    half the price but no holder thingy.

    https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0002LLWYK/...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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    If the mouse/track-ball you're fixing is the one I think it is (M570?), a new one on Amazon is $40, might not be worth your time (and cost of soldering iron) to fix it.
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    Senior Member linung's Avatar
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    if it is just one, sure. I got 3 of them that I'm actively using.
    one for my work laptop and two for my desktop.

    plus if I'm recycling old mouse to repair new mouse, I'm greener then Trudeau and that makes me more qualified then him to be your PM.

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    Just buy a new mouse. They have a best before date on china parts!! I'm not kidding.
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