The project of the moment is a Laptop with video chip problems. This seems to be a common problem with this model laptop with the Nvidia graphics chip. A common fix per multiple internet sites is to reflow the solder and/or reball the BGA. I could replace the motherboard or send the board off for repair, but I'm considering buying the equipment because I'm interested in using it for hobby applications, designing circuits that use surface mount components that are on the small side for my soldering iron ability.
Any good sources for equipment cheap enough for home hobbyists to be able to work & rework surface mount chips? Would it work to just use a heat gun and one of those infrared thermometers? I thought I could apply enough heat to reflow the solder, or component removal, without excessive heat to destroy things.