View Full Version : Making connections on proto boards

03-16-2007, 06:50 AM
Ok, so I'm a software guy. How do you hardware pros make your connections when you build circuits on boards like the SX48 Proto Board and Propeller Proto Board? I did some searching on the forums and couldn't find anything conclusive. In fact, I found out that I'm not the only one with this question. I found this quote from Ken Gracey on this thread (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=607991):

Ken Gracey (Parallax) said...
When I'm using one of our boards without the 1x2 or 1x3 connected holes, I tend to put a component into the hole, fold over the lead underneath the board, and use it as some kind of structural solder connection point for another wire or component. I also find myself snaking leads from the top, through the board, then up another hole. I admit to being a bit of a ding-dong when it comes to electronic assembly on through-hole boards. I had to call Chip on sunday evening to ask him the question you posed above about single holes, just to see what he'd say. He didn't have any real answers except "look, Ken, you get to wire-wrap or solder". Then he directed me to go look at some cool amplifiers and speaker enclosure designs on the web - totally unrelated.

I connected mine with wire wrapping where I couldn't use the 1x2 connections already on the board. I've attached photos of what it looks like. I fired it up and it (somewhat miraculously) worked on the first try. So is the wire wrap a good long-term solution? Should I put some solder on them? Should I do something altogether different?

Thanks for the input!


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