Breadboard Tips

Introduction: Breadboard Tips

here are a couple of things that i commonly use in my breadboard projects 

Step 1: Use Staples As Small Jumpers

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

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

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*

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    15 Comments

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    msuzuki777
    msuzuki777

    10 years ago on Step 3

    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

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    msuzuki777
    msuzuki777

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    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.

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    Jimmy Proton
    Jimmy Proton

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    Iv'e seen them at the Radio Shack online store, you can also get them on eBay.

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    nutsandbolts_64

    I have the exact same breadboard... and I can't seem to use it. Can you show me how it's wired?

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    beehard44
    beehard44

    10 years ago on Introduction

    nice idea with the staples for jumpers.
    wonder if they work good for PCBs as well...