DIYstompboxes.com

Projects => Beginner Project => Topic started by: cat on August 30, 2006, 08:21:28 PM

Title: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: cat on August 30, 2006, 08:21:28 PM
Buy one of these:

(http://www.townes.com.tw/product/1033.jpg)

Saves having to cut down a dip8 socket. You just snap off what you need.

Cat
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: christobean on August 30, 2006, 08:46:35 PM
where do you buy them from?
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: cat on August 30, 2006, 09:09:32 PM
I got mine from my local Jaycar (Australia) which is the equivalent of Radioshak in the US. If you explain to the sales assistant that you want the 'strip' instead of the '2 row dip 8' style socket they should be able to help you out. They just snap off in your hands, so much easier than trying to hack up a dip 8.

Cat
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: christobean on August 30, 2006, 09:26:18 PM
 :-\...the other day i went into my local radioshack, which is now the only one within about 15 miles, and tried to buy etchant and copper boards.  the etchant was on the shelf, so i had no problem with that.  however, boards were no where in sight.  upon asking, i got a blank stare, then the MANAGER said 'ive never heard of them, i dont think we stock em.'  he then went into the back, came back with a piece of perfboard and asked me what it was used for.  not a pleasant trip, to say the least.  the radio shack that closed a month ago had a nice selection of supplies, and the workers were actually interested(and understanding) of the projects i was building.

sorry, rant mode: OFF
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: aron on August 30, 2006, 09:26:33 PM
I used to buy those all the time but overall they were expensive and in the end, it was cheaper to use the DIP8 - which I cut up.

There was a local place selling these for a low cost, but then they ran out.
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: Lp_man on August 31, 2006, 06:47:59 PM
They are sometimes called SIL (single-in-line) sockets, small bear stock them
http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=101

I've used them since the beginning, bloody great things!

-Will
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: Red2112 on April 30, 2007, 05:34:56 PM
They are sometimes called SIL (single-in-line) sockets, small bear stock them
http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=101

I've used them since the beginning, bloody great things!

-Will

I use these too. The only problem I see (in my case), Is holding these things on the board while you solder...

In my case, if the holes of the breadboard are to far apart, I have to cut out the socket one by one and of course solder each. If aim not careful, the heat transfers to my finger thats holding the socket and ouch!!!

Anyone has a way around this? How do you folks hold these sockets while you solder with the other hand?  Dont tell me you use a pice of gum... :icon_mrgreen:

I hope I made sences  ::)


Mike
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: jcwillow777 on May 01, 2007, 09:33:18 AM
I install it first in this project. I turn the board over with the socket in place and lay it down on the table. The weight of the board holds the socket in place and I solder it. Some times I put something under the board in another spot so the board will be level incase the socket wants to  fall out. Once one end is soldered the rest is easy. It does get trickier if their are item on the board. I have a third hand, not sure the exact term, that I got from RS a long time ago. Alligator clips on to ends which I sometimes clip to socktes, it they are close enough to the side of the board to reach. I have never had to install each one individually. Pretty simplistic, but it works for me.
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: rove on May 01, 2007, 11:26:59 AM
My "trick" for putting in IC sockets is to pre-apply a drop of solder on one of the pads, doesn't matter which one.  Then hold the socket onto the board and heat up the pre-applied solder and push it in, now you have your ic socket soldered via one point to the board and you can relax and go thru the rest of the pins. works for me.
Title: Re: IC Socket. A Tip to make things easier...
Post by: Red2112 on May 01, 2007, 04:43:03 PM
Thanks very much for the info folks  :icon_wink:

Yes I have a third hand, but as you say, it depends on where the socket is gonna be on your board. I will try the pre-solder pad thing, sounds like a good Idea.

Aim new and my first project was done with those breadboards that have vertical traceses and you have the risk of touching a trace, so now I buy breadboards with the holes far apart so I don't run into any none wanted trace contact. That's the reason I have to cut out each socket.

Good care and thanks again.