Need some help please

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Need some help please

Postby bluegrassguitar1 » 09 Jun 2014, 17:04

can someone please tell me if this is the right pcb board im staring out and this is my first build. I know I probably should have started with something simple but i like the challenge. its for a paisley drive
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Re: Need some help please

Postby grrrunge » 09 Jun 2014, 17:31

For all it's worth, that is just the back of a piece of proto-board. No offense.
In order for anyone to help you with anything, you need to supply us with the schematic and layout you're using plus pictures of both sides of your board.
Most of your soldering looks alright though ;) That's all i can see from here.
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Re: Need some help please

Postby bluegrassguitar1 » 09 Jun 2014, 18:37

I'm using a $4 soldering iron for harbor freight it's rough but oh well. I'm just wondering if that will work or does the back need to be solid copper. I'll try and post the link to the pedal. Thanks a bunch
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Re: Need some help please

Postby grrrunge » 09 Jun 2014, 19:00

That's a stripboard (aka vero) layout. Unlike the board material you used, stripboard has the holes connected vertically. Hence the stripes on the layout ;)
The red and white squares on the layout indicate that the track needs to be cut in that place (a disconnection if you like ;) )
The black stripes are jumpers, meaning you should run a piece of wire between the two endpoints of the black line.

Here's a couple of links for you, describing the differences between stripboard and perfboard:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripboard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfboard

You should probably also get familiar with one of these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadboard

And now that you've gotten the difference between strip- and perfboard, you might also want to familiarize yourself with desoldering braid:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desolderin ... ring_braid

That being said, the paisley drive is AFAIR yet another Tube Screamer clone (YATS), and should be a pretty straightforward "paint by numbers" build. Just be careful with component values and positions - you should be just fine ;)
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