Introduction: Fix Your Proto-Board

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See what wikipedia says about Protoboards

A frequent usage of your Proto-Board makes holes can't hook micro legs, leds pins, peeled wire...

Pics taken from my Wifi Nokia N80

Step 1: Opening Proto-Board

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Just take all screws off. Mine has 6 screws, but it may vary depending of the constructor.

Step 2: Removing the Cover and Discovering Internal Structure

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Lots of highly condective metal pieces connecting those holes in rows in each column.

Step 3: Finding the Problem and Solving It

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Now we can see the problem, the reason why our Proto-Board does not hook any pin well. Those metal pieces are slightly scrolled out so we must press them to return them to the right place. To do this we use a tool handle, for example i use the handle of my pliers, but a screwdriver can be used as well.
Be sure there is no component hooked to any hole.

Do it in this way:
Press the left side of the first piece in the top of a column, and move the handle keeping pressing. Redo this for the right side of that column of pieces.
Redo that in every column
And now the rows and columns that drives de current and voltage.

Step 4: Reconstructing the Proto-Board

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Now we only have to put all the screws back to the board.

And that's all folks!!

Comments

dogsrcool2me (author)2006-10-18

how could i tell your british?

DanAdamKOF (author)dogsrcool2me2006-10-18

The funny-looking plugs on his power strip?

AlfonsVH (author)DanAdamKOF2006-10-18

Strange answer, since British sockets don't look like that, and about every other European socket does... So he's definitely not British, or at least not using a standard British power strip.

ratgod (author)AlfonsVH2007-06-06

Im and englishman stuck in canada, they use those nasty unsafe sockets the yanks do. I have wired a couple of british sockets on my workbench (using only 110v though) that way I can use my laptop and PSP chargers (both from england also) as they can handle 100v - 240v. the english sockets are much safer and they usually have their own on/off switch.

gspain (author)ratgod2016-03-13

Im from Spain. And I've live in the UK for 3 year (different locations).
The set of sockets from the creator of this instructable is definitely a EU standard. Those sockets tend to work for 100v-240v, no problem, and up to 20A (some maybe even more). Some of those come with switches, some with fuses, some of them with short-circuit and overload safety protection (it all depends on how much you want to pay for).

Regarding the British ones, they look like the picture from AlfonsVH. But many of them do not have a switch. Some of them do, some of the don't. Although it's true that the ratio of UK switched sockets vs EU switched sockets is slightly higher, but I doubt it reaches more than 30% total.

gspain (author)ratgod2016-03-13

Im from Spain. And I've live in the UK for 3 year (different locations).
The set of sockets from the creator of this instructable is definitely a EU standard. Those sockets tend to work for 100v-240v, no problem, and up to 20A (some maybe even more). Some of those come with switches, some with fuses, some of them with short-circuit and overload safety protection (it all depends on how much you want to pay for).

Regarding the British ones, they look like the picture from AlfonsVH. But many of them do not have a switch. Some of them do, some of the don't. Although it's true that the ratio of UK switched sockets vs EU switched sockets is slightly higher, but I doubt it reaches more than 30% total.

tekbreak (author)DanAdamKOF2006-10-18

Here is an image of the power strip. There are 4 sockets with GND connection and 4 ones without GND connection. So we have two differents plugs almost compatibles between them. The only incompatbility is that GND Plugs cannot fix NonGND sockets. But the all the pins are the same diameter and space between them.

Derin (author)tekbreak2008-07-19

aah,cee 7/7.I also have that where I live

russ_hensel (author)2015-03-15

Just a note to let you know I have added this ( a year ago ) to the instructable:

Comprehensive Guide to Electronic Breadboards: A Meta Instructable

>> https://www.instructables.com/id/Comprehensive-Gui...

Take a look at a bunch of ideas for using breadboards.

tekbreak (author)2006-10-18

Sorry for my english. Those plugs are used in SPAIN, south of Europe

AlfonsVH (author)tekbreak2006-10-18

Not only in Spain but in about every European country except for maybe the UK an Switzerland. Here in Belgium we use them too.

Derin (author)AlfonsVH2008-07-19

Here in Turkey(not european yet) we also use that

Ian01 (author)2006-10-20
rotor (author)Ian012006-10-23

It is also a protoboard.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protoboard

Oh, English, what mischief will you and your wacky synonyms get up to next?

tekbreak (author)2006-10-20

isn't the same???

JordanZed (author)tekbreak2006-10-21

...only different.

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