This is a very easy kit to make, just go through each of these steps to build the kit
1. Tools and preparation
2. Check the parts list
3. Solder itTutorials
Learn how to solder with tons of tutorials!http://www.ladyada.net/learn/soldering/index.html
Don't forget to learn how to use your multimeter too!http://www.ladyada.net/learn/multimeter/index.htmlTools
There are a few tools that are required for assembly. None of these tools are included. If you don't have them, now would be a good time to borrow or purchase them. They are very very handy whenever assembling/fixing/modifying electronic devices! I provide links to buy them, but of course, you should get them wherever is most convenient/inexpensive. Many of these parts are available in a place like Radio Shack or other (higher quality) DIY electronics stores.
I recommend a "basic" electronics tool set for this kit, which I describe here.http://www.ladyada.net/library/equipt/kits.html#basicSoldering iron
. One with temperature control and a stand is best. A conical or small 'screwdriver' tip is good, almost all irons come with one of these.
A low quality (ahem, $10 model from radioshack) iron may cause more problems than its worth!Do not use a "ColdHeat" soldering iron
, they are not suitable for delicate electronics work and can damage the kit (see here) http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/cold-soldering2.htmSolder
. Rosin core, 60/40. Good solder is a good thing. Bad solder leads to bridging and cold solder joints which can be tough to find. Dont buy a tiny amount, you'll run out when you least expect it. A half pound spool is a minimum.Multimeter/Oscilloscope
. A meter is helpful to check voltages and continuity.Flush/diagonal cutters
. Essential for cutting leads close to the PCB.Desoldering tool
. If you are prone to incorrectly soldering parts.
'Handy Hands' with Magnifying Glass
. Not absolutely necessary but will make things go much much faster.Good light
. More important than you think.
Check out my recommendations and where to buy.http://www.ladyada.net/library/equipt/kits.html#basic