It's the day before Valentine's. You had forgotten that fact until now, and have nothing for your girl/boyfriend / spouse. Realizing you error, you jump to your workspace to clear your head and find a solution.
Surveying the table, you find a burnt out 20 amp, a yellow LED, 2 feet of black and red wire, 2 button cell batteries, a small magnet, sandpaper, a drill, and a soldering iron (with solder of course). Go to it MacGyver.
So here's what I decided to do in this situation. I made a nice and nerdy necklace.
Step 1: Shave Those LEDs!
So, I turned ruefully toward a large yellow LED. I didn't think it would make the fit, but after lots of sanding and a little help from my friend, Mr. Dremel, the new LED was even smaller than my original.
There were also some metal pieces in the way of the LED's space. I took a small screwdriver and worked the metal until the pieces broke off.
So sand down your LED, make it a clean fit, and heat up that soldering iron of yours.
Step 2: Solder Up!
Put some flux and solder those puppies. Test the LED with a battery to make sure there's good bondage. Bend or cut the extraneous leads off.
Step 3: Drill a Hole!
Two things to remember about drilling:
- Tightly clamp down the amp before drilling.
- Drill only through the plastic parts.
But, in the end result, the hole is hardly noticeable. (I hope ;) )
Step 4: Wire!
Feed one end of the wire to the other side. Then get ready for another soldering round! (You didn't put it away yet, did you?!?!)
Step 5: Crank That Solder Boi. (Sorry, Couldn't Resist)
Step 6: Finish the Necklace
Step 7: Battery Time
Wrap the wire ends together, as in the photo. You're done! Congratulations, you've averted certain death MacGyver!