Through-hole soldering tips for the gutter punks

  • When putting headers onto anything flat, do it upside-down with the headers in a breadboard
  • You can use female/male headers above any pins or headers you’re putting on, to make sure they stay aligned and vertical
  • The plastic on headers will melt at soldering temperature, so never rely on a pin staying still
  • Components can be kept in place with blue tack, which does not conduct electricity…
  • …unless it’s got little bits of metal stuck in it
  • Solder diagonal corners of anything with more than two legs, and check how it’s seated before you commit to the rest