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Solder through-hole components into a PCB isn't the smoothest process for the DIYer.  The components go in from the top but are soldered from the bottom, leading to lots of issues if the component leads can't be bent to the sides to hold the component in place.  By  taping the component on the top side of the board, though, you can fight back against gravity!  Just put the component in place, tape it down, then flip the board over and solder!

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I use a small dab of hot glue to hold the components in place disk shaped or tall components can be a pain to tape.
Wish to click on the vote button but see none above the title. Definitely a good tip. Can someone more familiar with the system carry the vote through?
It's a great tip! I wouldn't solder without it!

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