Don't know if this is more serious than funny, but a
couple days ago we had a guy melt a hole in his lab
notebook computer with one of the hot air torches we use
for installing and removing surface mount ICs. Wasn't
paying attention while holding the nozzle in one hand and
fiddling with the PCB with the other. Computer sitting
nearby - funny smell - too late! Nearly new $1,500
computer with a huge hole in it and for some reason it
doesn't work any more.
I've always been leery of those hot air torches. I
wonder how many eyeballs have been fried or hair and
eyelashes set on fire with those things? I've got my share
of soldering iron scars on my fingers from stupid tricks
over the many years (
), but man, I'd hate to screw up with that air torch.
Anyone else got a tale about those things? Please vote
in my poll guys. Thanks!