If you have not heard of hot air rework, you are missing out! Hot air is my absolute favorite tool when working with embedded electronics. Hot air (checkout our hot-air rework tutorial) allows us to heat up multiple solder joints at once. This makes it much easier to remove problem voltage regulators, or turn a mis-mounted IC around, or replace a blown capacitor.
The problem is that most re-work stations cost $100-200. A high-end hot-air rework station will cost you >$1000. I cannot stress enough how great hot-air is, but you may not need to spend even $100!