Does Reversed Chip Socket Matter?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by noob_for_life, May 14, 2011.

  1. noob_for_life

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    Beginner question here: I just realized that I soldered a chip socket onto a circuit board backwards. Does that matter? I figure if I put the chip with the correct orientation as shown on the circuit board, all should be OK.

    Am I right or should I be enjoying a pleasant evening of desoldering?

    Thanks!
     
  2. KJ6EAD

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    It will be alright as long as you don't tell anyone. ;)
     
  3. wmodavis

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    Just so you didn't solder it in upside down.
     
  4. R!f@@

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    Welcome to AAC.

    As long as u remember that u have the socket upside down when u need to replace the chip it will be fine.
    Remember to double check the power traces when u place the chip the right way or you will fry the chip.
     
  5. marshallf3

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    Take one of those extra fine Sharpie markers and clearly label where pin 1 is + anything else you want to add.
     
  6. THE_RB

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    Or use a soldering iron to melt a very obvious notch in the other end of the socket...

    Not saying I have ever made that same mistake! ;)
     
  7. Audioguru

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    If you use a ten-dollars solder-sucker (the kind with a piston) then unsoldering a 14 pins socket takes about 28 seconds, not an entire evening.
     
  8. someonesdad

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    I'm with Audioguru -- one day you may have to replace that chip and you're going to forget the orientation is backwards. The time you lose figuring things out is going to be much more than the time it takes to solder it in properly.

    If you don't have a solder sucker, you can also use unsoldering braid. I use both, but my solder sucker sees more use.
     
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