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Hi All,

I've been using brass foil for power and ground runs in my recent prototyping efforts.

With a small sheet of foil...

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...strips can be cut with scissors...

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...and soldered for use on protoboard as shown.

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But what happens when the supply of foil is exhausted? I went searching and could not find brass foil at 2 hardware stores (discontinued) and 2 auto shops (again, discontinued).

What now? I had a project that was screaming for completion. I asked a fellow member of the music team at church and he suggested...

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Sticky-back copper tape! Awesome!
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It comes in a roll...

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...and can be cut into strips with scissors...

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...and stuck on protoboard as shown.

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Two other nice things about this product is that it's cheap (couple bucks) and most hardware stores carry it in the garden department.

Hack on!

DJ

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Updated 09-15-2011 at 05:17 PM by davejames

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  1. Peter KG6LSE's Avatar
    I use copper roof flashing for High current stuff.

    Peter
  2. davejames's Avatar
    Peter - source and thickness?

    DJ
  3. Peter KG6LSE's Avatar
    Lowes and its like 10 Mils or so . like half a fingernail thick . thickness .

    It comes in rolls . some with tar and some with none . It was like $30 .

    Peter
  4. WBA Consulting's Avatar
    Wow, excellent post! We use copper tape from time to time but get it from Grainger ($$$). I will definitely keep an eye out for that tape on my next Home Depot trip!
  5. davejames's Avatar
    WBA - thank YOU!

    I am gratified that this info (and Peter's input) was useful.

    DJ