Broken off wire pieces in breadboard holes query

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by hunterage2000, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. hunterage2000

    Thread Starter Senior Member

    May 2, 2010
    Can anyone suggest a way of getting small pieces of broken off wire in breadboard holes out? The pieces in my arduino female header are the main concern.

    The wire I use seems to be a bit weak sometimes. What wire do you guys use and what is recommended for breadboards with normal hole sizes.
  2. PackratKing

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Never had one, tho' it seems that they are " thru - holes " and your stubs could be pushed through/out by an adequate guage hand-sewing needle ?
    I garnered a small shoebox full of used / dull / broken dental instruments over the years, and they prove priceless for a lot of things.
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  3. Metalmann

    Active Member

    Dec 8, 2012

    You should use solid wire, but I use anything I can get my hands on. Make sure to tin the strands first.

    Never had an Arduino, but the other cheap breadboards can be fixed through the bottom, after removing the sticky foam.
  4. kubeek


    Sep 20, 2005
    I used to use a thin tweezer. Also my breadboard is screwed to the backplane, so no trouble with removing it and cleaning from the other side.
  5. KMoffett

    AAC Fanatic!

    Dec 19, 2007
    How is the bread board mounted? I've pulled backs off of them, gently pulled the metal contact strips out, removed the broken wires, pushed the contacts back in place, and re-cover the back with a adhesive backed insulating material or thin Plexiglas.

  6. GopherT

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 23, 2012
    I have use a very narrow crochet hook.
  7. thatoneguy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 19, 2009
    Small dental picks have worked for me (actual dentist types, not the cheap ones "for electronics" that bend easy).

    I'd suggest using actual jumper wires to a breadboard, stranded wire inside with 0.1" male molex crimp pins on each end in the future.

    Items plugged into another board tend to get a lot of flex, causing solid core wire to break. If there will be relative movement, I use stranded wire jumpers. If the parts are fixed in relation to each other (on a breadboard, for example), I use solid core wire.

    That removes the headache of clogged headers.
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  8. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    I second the dental picks - it's amazing how easily you can leverage up a wire stub out of a breadboard hole with one. I picked up a whole bunch of them many years ago at an auction and they have come in handy in many ways. You can clip multimeter or scope probes to them and then use the tips to probe circuits.
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  9. THE_RB

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 11, 2008
    Super magnet! The wires are almost certainly steel, if they are broken component legs.
  10. PackratKing

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    Obsolete hard-drives have a pair of neodymium or other rare-earth magnets on the disc-stylus control circuitry --- [ horrendously powerful - don't catch skin between them ]
  11. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    This applies to breadboards only, not female headers.

    If you can see the tip of the wire sticking out, the tip of a sharp X-ACTO blade will get it out - same idea as with the dental picks.
    Failing that, you can remove the back cover or plastic and push out the contacts.
    Or you can push the wire down and it will remain in the bottom channel of the contacts.