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antedeluvian
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Tweezers
antedeluvian   3/4/2014 4:29:46 PM
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In this age of SMT, tweezers are indispensible.

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Re: Tweezers
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 4:37:36 PM
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@Antedeluvian: In this age of SMT, tweezers are indispensible.

Good point -- however I personally use only traditional lead-through-hole components for my hobby projects -- so that's not proved to be an issue thus far :-)

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UUtility knife, hacksaw, & small adjustable wrench/vice-grip
antedeluvian   3/4/2014 4:37:59 PM
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An absolute must is a utility knife. I think they may be called box cutters in the US. An Xacto knife is often handy as well.

A small hacksaw is often good at making something fit.

And a small adjustable wrench and/or a small vice grip is also very useful

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The more the merrier
antedeluvian   3/4/2014 4:44:09 PM
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Of course, many of us have a deep-seated belief that you can never have enough tools.

I frequenly will have two or more of the same type of tool.  I was recently asked if I had a staple gun and when I replied that I had two (a manual and electric), my non technical friend just cracked up laughing. I didn't see the humour.

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Re: UUtility knife, hacksaw, & small adjustable wrench/vice-grip
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 4:51:36 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I agree that all of these are useful -- each project may rely on one or more of them -- out of all of them I guess I find myself using an Xacto knife an the majority of my projects.

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Re: The more the merrier
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 4:52:57 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...my non technical friend just cracked up laughing. I didn't see the humour.

You shouls have introduced your friend to the sharp end of the staple gun to show him (or her) the error of his ways :-)

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Why a Wrap?
betajet   3/4/2014 5:22:20 PM
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A lot of my projects use development boards that have 25 mil square wire-wrap pins on a 0.1" grid.  I like to insert these into a perf board and then use good-old 20th Century wire-wrap to connect them up.  It's quick, easy to fix errors, and easy to dismantle to re-use the boards in other projects.

Solderless breadboards are also great for quick projects, but don't expect them to stay intact if you have cats :-)

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De-soldering tool
GarySXT   3/4/2014 5:28:31 PM
If you solder parts on a circuit board, sooner or later you will have remove one because you installed the wrong part, need to change the value to get the circuit to work, or you make a mistake and let the magic smoke out.  To minimize the chance of damaging the board you need something to help remove the solder.

I prefer the larger spring loaded solder suckers. I never found a small one that works well. Solder braid is another option, but you have to buy more as you finish a roll. It also does not work as well at getting the solder out of plated through holes.

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Re: Why a Wrap?
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 5:33:16 PM
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@Betajet: Solderless breadboards are also great for quick projects, but don't expect them to stay intact if you have cats :-)


My wife just got a new cat (her last one passed away age 17 a couple of months ago). This new one is a very energetic kitten. I heard a disturbing sound yesterday evening -- when I looked up it was strolling across our breakfast table, upon which was my current Arduinoi project with a rats nest (no pun intended) of wires. I don;t think I need to describe the end result (sad face)

 

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Re: De-soldering tool
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 5:35:53 PM
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@GarySTX: To minimize the chance of damaging the board you need something to help remove the solder.

I've used both the braid and the solder sucker -- each works best in different cases. Recently I read about someone who used a "blower" rather than a sucker -- but I don't remember much about it -- do you know anything about this technique?

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