I’ve been doing a bunch of at-home smd soldering and I am amazed at how robust the process is - meaning easy in spite of my lack of experience. I am considering buying a pre-heater for rework (due to circuit errors mainly). For my builds, which are all builds of one or two, I have been using my hacked oven (imp-controlled).
one thing i got recently was a vacuum tweezers. I hold/pinch the vacuum hose with my left hand and run the tool with my right hand. The pencil has a hole in it that if I plug the hole the vacuum goes up - release the hole and the vacuum drops but does not completely go away. When I pinch the hose the vacuum goes to nothing and the parts fall down.
I found this to be a lot faster than the mechanical tweezers - even though I have a pretty nice one.
Hugo, thanks much for sharing the list of your tools. I’ve recently done a VQFN package with 0.5mm pitch and I had to take the borrow a microscope to check the work.