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PCB Soldering Help Needed. Problem connecting pads. Answered

I have a pre-etched and drilled one-sided PCB where each hole has an isolated copper pad on the under side.
My question is what is the best and/or easiest way to connect the pads to complete my circuit? The largest jump is every other (i.e. there is a lead in A1 that needs connected to a lead in C1, B1 is empty). There are also some side by side connections (A1-B1).
I've messed around a little but can't figure out a good way to do it. There is going to be a lot of connections so the simpler the better.

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bwrussell

7 years ago

I started wire-wrapping and it is going much smoother now, thanks.

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steveastrouk

Best Answer 7 years ago

You should always use a piece of wire between the pads, but if you use enamelled copper wire, with a self fluxing insulation, you can spot from pad- to -pad very easily.

Solder bridges are only reliable when you don't want them to be.....

steve

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orksecuritysteveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

... And Murphy's law only fails when you try to demonstrate it. Good point, Steve.

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orksecurity

7 years ago

I've never been sure what the best/intended way to use those is. So I too will be interested in a more authoritative answer.

I've tended to just treat them as perfboard and run wires (soldered or wire-wrap). Theoretically you _could_ just create a solder bridge between adjacent pads, but I'm not convinced that's what the designers intended.