Soldering Teeny-Weenie Chips

You may have seen some of the how-tos online for using a toaster oven to bake-solder components on PCBs that use the BGA (Ball Grid Array) arrangement. But what do you do if you want to solder a fingernail-size chip onto a board and it’s not BGA? This Instructable shows you how. It’s definitely the kind of work that’ll grow hairs on your chest and your alpha geek cred will be uncontestable if you can do it. I wish I had the stones (and the soldering chops) to pull it off as I have a dead modem on a Series 1 TiVo I’d love to replace, but the components are just too damn tiny (and I don’t have the required microscope either).

[Via Make]