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I lifted and tore away a pad when soldering a capacitor on a PCB. The pad on the negative side is fine. Can I solder the capacitor lead onto the negative pad, and the other lead on the exposed trace for the positive pad?

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I’m talking about the C7 capacitor pads.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, you can - if you're careful. \$\endgroup\$
    – brhans
    Apr 19, 2018 at 20:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ You could also locate a via or a connection point elsewhere on the circuit and try to make a junction there. This method is also useful if you forget a trace in your design. Use a conductor with the appropriate gage based on the expected current. See for details: sparkfun.com/tutorials/99 \$\endgroup\$ Apr 19, 2018 at 21:15

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First you will have to do is remove the protective mask that is over the negative track, leaving enough copper on air for soldering the negative lead.

Next, before soldering, I would degrease the copper and use some flux. Apply locally litte bit of acetone, dry, isopropopanol, dry and flux in that order.

Finally proceed to solder the capacitor lead.

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