Step 5: Clip the Leads (Carefully!)
WARNING: This is the part I mess up the most, and there is no way to "unclip" a lead once you've clipped it- especially since you don't notice the mistake until latter. Think twice and clip once!!!
On the row #1 h-bar you just soldered, you are going to clip the RIGHTMOST four leads and leave the leftmost one unclipped.
Try to clip down low, as close to the solder joint as possible. There will soon be more connections flying above over these and we want room to make sure they don't touch. Clipping down low will also produce longer bars, which will make things easier later on.
Now go find all those leads that went flying when you clipped them (there is one in your Docker's pant cuff). These are not clipped leads anymore, they are now connecting bars and they are crucial parts that you will need if you hope to ever complete this project.
Note that the below picture is taken from the above so you can see everything clearly , but that makes things look inverted. Use the row clipping map attached to this step as your canonical clipping guide.
I know that you are very excited now that your first row is finished and you feel like you know everything you need to know about row assembly. You want to skip the formalities and get down to it and start grinding out the rest of the rows post haste. You are a builder after all, not a reader, and you want to strike the hammer while the (soldering) iron is hot. Don't get ahead ahead of yourself until you read the next step or you will eventually regret it....