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Old 23rd September 2007, 07:16 AM   #1
maleemi is offline maleemi  United States
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Default soldering novice needs info

I'm getting ready to assemble HIFIDIY's mini tda1543 DAC kit. I've done a bit of surface soldering and understand the basics but i've never done any through-board soldering.

What I'm not clear on is how to hold the small components (resistors, caps, diodes) in place when the board is flipped over to allow me to solder the leads. I realize there's probably a simple method to do this but I not getting it.

I'd appreciate and tips, tricks, methods, etc. to help me deal with this.

Best Regards,

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Old 23rd September 2007, 04:35 PM   #2
Minion is offline Minion  Canada
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I only do through hole stuff and when doing caps and resistors I usually stick the leads through the holes and bend the leads a bit so the part doesn"t fall out and then solder......

for parts like sockets and other parts that have small leads i will use a Piece of tape to hold the part in place.....

Try soldering all resistors and diodes and all low profile parts first, this will make it easier and then put in the large caps and higher profile parts last.....

if you can do SMT stuff you will have no problems doing Through hole stuff, SMT is something i won't even attempt.....

good luck
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Old 23rd September 2007, 06:15 PM   #3
AndrewT is online now AndrewT  Scotland
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thro' hole is far easier than SMD soldering.
yes, I agree, fit and solder lowest profile first and work progressively through the higher profile components. One can always "lean on" the upturned PCB with a pinky finger to push the latest component hard up against the PCB.
Use 63/37 leaded solder or another low temp Eutectic solder if you have a favourite.
regards Andrew T.
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