Make it! Good tools make the job easy

There are a few tools that are required for assembly. None of these tools are included. If you don't have them, now would be a good time to borrow or purchase them. They are very very handy whenever assembling/fixing/modifying electronic devices! I provide links to buy them, but of course, you should get them whereever is most convenient/inexpensive. Many of these parts are available in a place like Radio Shack or other (higher quality) DIY electronics stores.

I recommend a "basic" electronics tool set for this kit, which I describe here.

Soldering iron. One with temperature control and a stand is best. A conical or small 'screwdriver' tip is good, almost all irons come with one of these. A low quality (ahem, $10 model from radioshack) iron may cause more problems than its worth!

Do not use a "ColdHeat" soldering iron, they are not suitable for delicate electronics work and can damage the kit (see here)

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Solder. Rosin core, 60/40. Good solder is a good thing. Bad solder leads to bridging and cold solder joints which can be tough to find.

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Multimeter/Oscilloscope A meter is helpful to check voltages and continuity. It isn't really necessary for this project, but may come in useful.

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Flush/diagonal cutters. Essential for cutting leads close to the PCB.

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Desoldering tool. If you are prone to incorrectly soldering parts.

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'Handy Hands' with Magnifying Glass. Not absolutely necessary but will make things go much much faster.

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  Good light. More important than you think.

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Don't forget to learn how to use your multimeter too!
May 17, 2011 20:07