Intro: Extending Leads
Have you ever desoldered a component, only to find that the leads are not long enough for your breadboard, or any other practical use? Here's an extremely quick, simple, and fast way of fixing your problem!
Step 1: Materials
All you need for this instructable:
2. Soldering Iron
3. Components with leads that are too short
4. A clamp, pliers, or anything that will prevent the component from burning you (they can get quite hot)
Step 2: Only One Step!!!
Take your component. Hold it with the leads facing up. Now solder a piece of solder an inch and a half or so onto one of the leads. Repeat on other lead. If you know which is positive and negative, shorten one of them. The greatest part is that you don't have to solder them on vertically, since solder is so bendable. You can solder them on horizontally, which makes life much easier. One thing to take into account is that solder does break if you bend it too much, so make sure to be careful when you plug it into the breadboard and pull it out. I'm only showing it with capacitors, but I have successfully done it with switches, resistors, and all sorts of other components.