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here are a couple of things that i commonly use in my breadboard projects 
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Step 1: Use staples as small jumpers

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i found that staples fit perfectly into the holes of the breadboard, you can even fit two in the same hole.

Step 2: Fitting multi strand wires

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if you dont have many single strand wires (like me)  you can use multi strand wires without them crumbling by soldering them, first twist them up as tight as you can get it, second, melt a small amount of solder int the strands and it will be solid like multi strand wires. this might not always work eg. you add to much solder, your wires are to big, there are two ways around this, one cut some of the strands off, two proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Making bigger holes

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if you are building something that has leads bigger than the holes in your breadboard wou can widen them with a jeweler's screwdriver, it works best with flathead. just poke it in the you want to widen and twist it back and forthr. be careful, if you go to far you could ruin the point, you should feel the difference when it hits the metal.

*if you ruin your breadboard im not taking the blame for it*
russ_hensel4 months ago

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

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

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

kevin1421 year ago
thanks for these tips :)
pfred23 years ago
And the #1 tip for using breadboard is you can never have too much of it!


But seriously getting solid wire shouldn't be an issue for anyone bell wire or phone wire works fine. I believe it is #22 AWG
Staples....That was easy!... ;)
msuzuki7774 years ago
I would not advise opening up the holes to make bigger leads 'fit'. This will most likely damage the breadboard and make it intermittent.

One method I have used is to solder smaller extension wires to the component.

Lazy Old Geek
Jimmy Proton (author)  msuzuki7774 years ago
I have also done that.
I like to use cut off pieces from resistors.

Great idea about using staples.

When I did a lot of breadboading, I used to like to buy those PCBs that match up to breadboards so it's easier to transfer designs. I guess they're still around.

Jimmy Proton (author)  msuzuki7774 years ago
Iv'e seen them at the Radio Shack online store, you can also get them on eBay.
I have the exact same breadboard... and I can't seem to use it. Can you show me how it's wired?
Jimmy Proton (author)  nutsandbolts_644 years ago
just like that
OH, thanks! (note strong reaction)
Jimmy Proton (author)  nutsandbolts_644 years ago
lol your welcome
beehard444 years ago
nice idea with the staples for jumpers.
wonder if they work good for PCBs as well...
Jimmy Proton (author)  beehard444 years ago
no, they dont solder very well