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Chapter 35. Using the Tools of the Trade > An Advanced Set of Tools

An Advanced Set of Tools

Unless you plan to become extremely involved in upgrading and repairing PCs, this section on advanced tools may seem overwhelming. But, read on. Although you may never get to apply this information to a hands-on situation, you may find it helpful the next time you have to take your PC in to a repair shop.

Soldering Iron

Very few computer experts recommend tinkering around inside your PC with a soldering iron—and with good reason. The individual components inside your PC, with very few exceptions, are meant to be replaced, not repaired. But keeping a soldering iron around in your toolbox can be quite handy if you know how and when to use it (see Figure 35.6). Almost always, the only time you'll use a soldering iron is if you need to re-wire a cable, changing where the cable's wires connect to a connector. Due to the wide assortment of cables available in most computer stores, and due to the standardization of computer equipment, a soldering iron certainly can be considered an optional tool in all but the rarest of cases.


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