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Basic Soldering

Reliably making good solder joints without damaging the PCB or components isn't difficult, but is much easier if you understand the basic principles. While many videos on youtooob are verbose and a waste of time, there are a few which are informative, succinct and information dense. For soldering, that means describe and showing how to select a tip / temperature / wattage, where to place the tip and solder, and how to move them - and why.

Pace Basic Soldering Lessons 1-9 show good examples of what you should see happening when you've got it right - and just as importantly - wrong. The only omission is SMD components, presumably they weren't common when the videos were made.

But try not to snigger at the pronunciation of “solder”!

Avoiding Solderless Breadboards

These are the work of the devil that should be avoided if at all possible - because you will frequently spend more time debugging the breadboard than debugging your circuit.

Fortunately there are easy alternatives that are cheaper, higher performance, more predictable and more robust. What's not to like about that?!

There was a skillshare introducing the better methods in February 2018. Due to the size, the presentation slides are split into three files: avoiding solderless breadboards 1 of 3, avoiding solderless breadboards 2 of 3, avoiding solderless breadboards 3 of 3. Those files have the slides in the first half, and the slides plus notes in the second half.

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