View Full Version : Grrrr!! 40 pin DIP sockets are too short.

12-28-2011, 08:12 PM
Just venting a bit.

Got back from Radio Shack and found out the DIP sockets are too short. I pulled them from the same bin as usual and these new ones (40, 14, and 8 pins) are all too short.


I'm done pissing and moaning, carry on.

12-28-2011, 08:38 PM
Sorry to hear that.

Might I ask how they are too short (e. g. pin length, socket depth, pin spacing)? I am always finding new ways to make mistakes, so preemptively avoiding one would be good.

12-28-2011, 09:04 PM
The pin length itself. They're all just too short to engage the sockets in the proto board.

12-28-2011, 09:10 PM
Use turned-pin sockets. They are more expensive, but a lot more reliable, and the pins are a good length.

Ron Czapala
12-28-2011, 09:58 PM
The pin length itself. They're all just too short to engage the sockets in the proto board.

Sockets? Are saying they won't extend thru the printed circuit board or are you trying to plug them into a female header?

12-28-2011, 10:21 PM
I'm assuming your reference to Proto Board, means Solder-less Bread Board.

You didn't include the part number(s) so we could reference them.

Most, if not all sockets available at Radio Shack are meant to be soldered in a PC board., They will not be a good fit in a breadboard.

These are the best sockets to us in a breadboard:


Stupid question. W (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Machined-Pin-Header-Female-40-position-machine-socket-/180675497417?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a11194dc9#ht_2693wt_852)hy do you need a socket in a bread board anyway?

Loopy Byteloose
12-29-2011, 07:55 AM
Try wire-wrap sockets and if they are too long, trim the length to suit. But you may feel the pins are too fat. Simply put, ICs are intended to directly fit into breadboard without sockets. So nothing is quite right.

12-29-2011, 11:56 AM
Publison, it's mostly personal preference. I tend to rush, or use more force than necessary. Socket pins have been more durable/forgiving than pins on IC's, so I socket all the IC's I use in my projects.