Once the component has been placed on the pads I discard the tweezers and then use something like a scriber to apply gentle pressure in the middle of the component. The iron is then applied fairly rapidly to the ends alternately, repeating if necessary. If done correctly the solder at both ends will still be molten and the gentle pressure assures that the component sits closely on the pads.
1) Remove the solder from both pads on the pcb.
2) Add a little solder to one pad.
3) Using a tweezer, hold the resistor over the pads, and heat one end of the resistor and the pad with the solder on it. The resistor should be lying flush to your mobo, now.
4) Solder the second end of the resistor to its pad. Don't leave the soldering iron on this pad for too long or the entire resistor may become unsoldered (and it may stick to the iron's tip).
5) Add solder to the first end/pad to make sure there's enough on it and that it's soldered well. Don't leave the soldering iron on this pad for too long or the entire resistor may become unsoldered (and it may stick to the iron's tip).
Follow this technique and you should have a crumulently-soldered mobo resistor, mofo.
Apply soldering flux generously to and around both pads. Using the tweezers, position the resistor so that the ends are on the pads. Then let go on the tweezers, and, given enough flux, the resistor will stay put. Squeeze your tweezers then and use them to push the resistor down so it does not slide. Gather a bit of solder on the iron and apply to one end, then gather more and apply to another. This works down to 0603 size or maybe even smaller, depending on how steady your hands are. 0805 and 1206 are rather easily done this way. I personally can?t get past 0603, and I tend not to use anything smaller than 0805 if there is any chance.
Flux will get messy after you are done, but it is essential to have lots of it, so, if you want your MOBO look as if it's just left the factory, dissolve the remaining flux with alcohol. Use a brush for that.
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD
Thanks, I suck at those little things like that! Now how to remember this when the brain is so full of other stuff, I will have to make space for this information by removing something else, it's not working.