Desoldering an SOIC chip (23/05/13)

Here, I'm trying the technique of using a wire underneath the pins to lift them clear of the board as the solder joints are melted. I had seen this described, but never really believed it could work as well as it does. Just be very careful to wait until the solder is completely melted before trying to lift the leg, as it's very easy to pull pads off the board with too much force. Once the pins have been lifted, you may need to use solder wick to clear any excess solder and release the chip from the PCB.