Soldering to a Perfboard

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by dysnomia, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. dysnomia

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    So, I'm working on a project and I ended up just buying a cheap perfboard from radio shack without the copper pads. I made do with what I had and managed to solder most of the components but I'm having a hard time with IC sockets. Their leads are so short that i have very little room to work with and soldering them almost feels like an impossible feat at this point.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to solder these, or should I just dismantle this and go get a perfboard with copper pads?
     
  2. kubeek

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    You could try using precision sockets instead of the "normal" ones, these have the pins a little longer.
     
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  3. dysnomia

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    Hm I'll look into those; I have these 8-pin headers I'm using for a different component kind of like these : https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9279

    Do you think if I get two of those I can perhaps put an IC in that? These were VERY easy to work with
     
  4. spinnaker

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    I have never had a problem with any kind of socket and perf boards. It could be the wire you are using. It might be too big.

    I use wire wrap wire. I stick the wire down the hole between the leg and hole and then solder. Of course you would need to take into consideration what current you are working with.
     
  5. dysnomia

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    Wait, so you shove the wire in the same hole that the IC Socket leg is in?
     
  6. spinnaker

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    Yep that is what I do. It helps to hold the wire in place while you solder.
     
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  7. takao21203

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    Why do you use IC sockets? Most ICs are cheap.

    Copperless perf board is a curiosity.

    What do you call cheap? Small 5x7 boards cost me like 25 cents.
     
  8. spinnaker

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    I prefer to use sockets. Less chance of damage during soldering. Much easier to take in and out of circuit to replace and / or test.

    ICs aren't always cheap. Depending on the IC, it could cost upwards of $4.
     
  9. crutschow

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    Wirewrap sockets have long leads, similar to the 8-pin headers, which you can cut to the desired length for soldering.
     
  10. mcgyvr

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    Perfboard w/copper for soldering
    Perfboard w/o copper for Wire Wrap (bet most of the young guys don't even know what that is)

    I will choose Wire wrapping over soldering on perfboards any day.. For some reason its like a lost art now. But its one of the easiest/most reliable connections you can make.
     
  11. takao21203

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    I prefer SOIC adapters. Easy to remove an IC if neccessary. ICs are never damaged by soldering this is an urban legend.

    I have put ICs on PCBs and baked them for many minutes. No damage.

    Yes I used sockets, many years ago.

    When I need a "socket" these days, I make one from a small PCB piece, and row headers.

    OK yes GAL's need sockets but they are so out of fashion. And EPROMs. Yes I have GALs here and EPROMs (a few).
     
  12. spinnaker

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    I loved wire wrap. I worked on a production system that had both wire wrap and pcb the easiest to troubleshoot was wire wrap. I don't know if you can find the tool today. Don't know what happened to mine.
     
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