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Better alternative than Q-Tips?

1/9/2006 12:07 AM
Steve A.
Better alternative than Q-Tips?
Dai said:  
Try q-tips for small bits, paper towels for larger.  
    I use Q-Tips myself because they are SO CHEAP but I am always picking off bits of cotton from my circuit boards... I'm sure that one of these days the cotton will create a short circuit that will smoke one of my amps. :(  
    I've seen the small foam pads— for cleaning tape heads... for those of you old enough to remember "tape"! ;) But I remember them being sold in packs of two for $1.00. Ouch! However, I thought I'd check to see if someone has found a good source for buying them in bulk (well, maybe 100 or 500... I don't want to have to mortgage my condo to pay for them!)  
    While of the subject of thrify purchases, I want one of those alcohol dispensers that they use when drawing blood... push down on the top and the little basin fills with alcohol. (We used to buy them from a local medical supply house when I was working at Pacific Stereo in the 70's.)  
    As for removing flux, I'd say to use your best judgement. Like if it is a tremelo circuit with a 3.3M or 5M pot, the small amount of conductivity through flux could affect the circuit. So I try to be very clean around circuits like that. Otherwise I think that it is a matter of aesthetics since I don't see the Kester rosin flux corroding my boards.  
Steve Ahola  
P.S. Naptha is also handy for removing the leftover adhesive when you pull off a label.