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  • TropicalSpeed made the instructable Track Soldering1 month ago
    Track Soldering

    I layout the board first on graph paper. When done, I scan, print, and label it "component side". Then, I bring the scanned image into a photo editor, flip the image horizontally, label it "wiring side", and print it out too. hope this helps.

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  • TropicalSpeed made the instructable Track Soldering1 month ago
    Track Soldering

    I use the perf boards with the square clad holes which makes the track soldering easier. I add a small amount to each of the pads that I want to connect. After all the pads have solder, I then lay the soldering tip in between two of the pads and add more solder to bridge the pads. I haven't tried the drag and solder technique yet, but I will on my next project. I'm concerned about the dwell time on each pad and the amount of heat that will be applied to each pad with this technique.I first layout the board on graph paper to scale and make my adjustments so that tracks line up with the pins of the components. I keep the traces short - usually less than an inch. The power rails are an exception. Anything over an inch is interconnected with 30ga. solid wire-wrap wire.I prototype and debug ...

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    I use the perf boards with the square clad holes which makes the track soldering easier. I add a small amount to each of the pads that I want to connect. After all the pads have solder, I then lay the soldering tip in between two of the pads and add more solder to bridge the pads. I haven't tried the drag and solder technique yet, but I will on my next project. I'm concerned about the dwell time on each pad and the amount of heat that will be applied to each pad with this technique.I first layout the board on graph paper to scale and make my adjustments so that tracks line up with the pins of the components. I keep the traces short - usually less than an inch. The power rails are an exception. Anything over an inch is interconnected with 30ga. solid wire-wrap wire.I prototype and debug on the same board. I mount most components in breakaway board socket strips. This way, I can make changes to component values as well as changing the wiring without heating the components. When I'm satisfied with the design, I then sweat-solder the component leads into the sockets for a permanent connection.Hope this helps.

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  • TropicalSpeed made the instructable Track Soldering1 month ago
    Track Soldering

    I use the perf boards with the square clad holes which makes the track soldering easier. I add a small amount to each of the pads that I want to connect. After all the pads have solder, I then lay the soldering tip in between two of the pads and add more solder to bridge the pads. I haven't tried the drag and solder technique yet, but I will on my next project. I'm concerned about the dwell time on each pad and the amount of heat that will be applied to each pad with this technique.I first layout the board on graph paper to scale and make my adjustments so that tracks line up with the pins of the components. I keep the traces short - usually less than an inch. The power rails are an exception. Anything over an inch is interconnected with 30ga. solid wire-wrap wire.I prototype and debug ...

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    I use the perf boards with the square clad holes which makes the track soldering easier. I add a small amount to each of the pads that I want to connect. After all the pads have solder, I then lay the soldering tip in between two of the pads and add more solder to bridge the pads. I haven't tried the drag and solder technique yet, but I will on my next project. I'm concerned about the dwell time on each pad and the amount of heat that will be applied to each pad with this technique.I first layout the board on graph paper to scale and make my adjustments so that tracks line up with the pins of the components. I keep the traces short - usually less than an inch. The power rails are an exception. Anything over an inch is interconnected with 30ga. solid wire-wrap wire.I prototype and debug on the same board. I mount most components in breakaway board socket strips. This way, I can make changes to component values as well as changing the wiring without heating the components. When I'm satisfied with the design, I then sweat-solder the component leads into the sockets for a permanent connection.Hope this helps.

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