Advertisements They aren't that close, I could do it with a Weller soldering gun tip. And actually the greater heat would make it easier. Exactly what kind of iron do you have? The power supply may or may not be your only problem but you won't know until you get it fixed. Look around for a TV or stereo shop with a repair department and ask them if they understand why Low ESR capacitors are used in switching power supplies, and do they know about "capacitor plague". If the answer makes it seem like they know what they're talking about, find out if they'll sell you the caps or do the job (walk in with the board in your hand). It should be a lot cheaper than $100. If they sell you the 3 caps for $10 they'll be making plenty of markup and saving you shipping charges and waiting.