Step 8: Adding the Flow Sensor

The flexible part of the flow sensor is fragile and could easily get permanently deflected.  Because of this, you might want to wait to add this part until after all the sensor boards have been broken apart and even glued into place wherever they will be used.  Also, if you are water proofing the triple sensor boards, you might want to wait to add the flow sensor later so you don't get any of your water-proofing substance on the flow sensor and change its flexibility.  If this is the case, make sure and don't cover the two prongs where the flow sensor slides on.

When you do add the flexible flow sensor, simply slide the metal square sleeves over the two prongs as far as they can go (pictured below).  Make sure the sensor is oriented like in the picture; the white lettering should be right-side-up and facing inside (toward the photo sensor).

Then solder the prongs to the boxy sleeves on the flow sensor (picture 2).  Fill in the gap where you can see the gold prongs in-between the silver sleeve making sure solder touches both parts.  Make sure you don't bridge the two prongs with solder.  Once soldered, you should no longer be able to slide the flexible flow sensor off the prongs.  

The flow sensor is the last part to add - you've now completed assembling the Triple Sensor Board.
This is really great! Is there an Eagle or .Cad file available, so that we can customize the layout?<br>
Wow, why did I never think about using that stencil technique before? I have always hated surface mount stuff because I always (tried) to apply it completely by hand, leaving large globs of solder paste all over my boards, often short circuiting my parts.
Excellent! Thank you... Would it be possible to purchase one or 2 blank PCB's or even a couple assembled sensor sets? Thanks Andy

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