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Title: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: mojokicks37 on January 01, 2007, 03:53:56 PM
I figured this was a beginner's question so I'd ask it in the beginner's forum.

I was look at schematics on tonepad.com and with their schematics, they give you a way to make a PCB using Press n Peel Blue. Do I have to etch a board using their layout for this pedal to work or can I use perfboard/strip board and just solder everything myself?

Thank you so much,
AJ

 :o
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: Ronsonic on January 02, 2007, 08:59:15 PM
Usually PCB layouts are not all that good for perf board construction and of course not good at all on Vero board. Most PCB layouts are too tight to execute on perfboard easily. You can certainly come up with your own layout to use a different type of board if you want. Using the PCB for a guide could help. There are a lot of published layouts and you'll probably have no trouble finding perf and vero layouts for all the Tonepad designs.

Ron


Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: mojokicks37 on January 03, 2007, 05:03:11 PM
Thank you for your help.
I think I may have been unclear in my question, I apologize.

On tonepad, they offer up the PCB design that you can "etch" on to a board (I think that's what I mean, where you put the design on like, a piece of copper, and then etch it in).

I don't want to have to etch these designs if it's not necessary. I'd rather use strip board and connect everything. Is this possible?

Thank you very much.

My best to everyone
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: $uperpuma on January 03, 2007, 05:06:08 PM
you will have to find alternate layouts for stripboard/vero... there are many around here... check the gallery...
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: mojokicks37 on January 03, 2007, 05:15:52 PM
Thank you so much...
One more dumb question.
If I chose to use the PCB design and to etch it into the copper (like shown in the photoessay on Tonepad), after drilling the holes. I come in from the oposite side of the design I assume, and just solder to the spot, with no need to solder other wires together?

Thanks for being so patient.
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: $uperpuma on January 03, 2007, 05:26:47 PM
yes you just solder to the pad on the copper side of the board.  you'll want to use a small drill bit to drill out the void in the solder pads then put the parts through. :)
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: mojokicks37 on January 03, 2007, 05:39:52 PM
Thank you....

eesh. hate asking so many questions. Can I get the copper at a store like home depot? How thick should it be?


Thank you for being so awesome.
I think I've found a new hobby
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: $uperpuma on January 03, 2007, 06:22:39 PM
copperclad board is available pretty much at any electronics outlet... small bear, mouser, etc.  for the method shown on the photoessay, you'll need Press n Peel blue also available at Small bear..
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: Pushtone on January 03, 2007, 06:52:04 PM

If I don't want to etch a PCB layout for a simple circuit
I just tape a print-out of the layout onto the perf board and follow it.

(http://www3.telus.net/public/david65/pedal-pics/Perf-PCB-PaperX.jpg)
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: $uperpuma on January 03, 2007, 07:19:24 PM
clever ;)
Title: Re: Hand Soldering a PCB Design?
Post by: calculating_infinity on January 13, 2007, 01:18:09 AM
yeah man I like that a lot pushtone!  ill have to try it out