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Prevention of shorting wires
Prevention of shorting wires –
Can anyone give me an idea as to how to prevent shorting of wires due to them touching, or a solder bridge. I have been looking at some install diagrams for the ***3 and the points you have to solder around the bios chip on the motherboard look miniscule in size. I have an average soldering iron, should i find a fine tip? I also have a multimeter to test afterwards, but what else can i do to ensure a clean soldering job?
Yes, a fine tip will be easier to use. Don't leave excess solder on the iron tip. I don't know where some people get the idea that you are supposed to. You only tin the soldering iron tip once and then go from there. When doing a mod, i pre-solder every point and then run the wires. For the BIOS points, I put the solder on one side of the pad, and then touch the other side of the pad with the iron, it always results in a nice smooth and even solder on the pad. for the pins, i do a similar thing, put the solder over the pin and then touch it with the iron. Should stick immediately.
I also rarely pre-tin the wires. It can cause bridges if you put too much on the wire, so I like to keep them clean and usually there's enough solder on the pads and pins to just let it stick. For VIAs however, i usually pre-solder and tin the wire. Makes a nice, sturdy connection.
Hope that helps.
Just another thing which helped me out. Grab an old board from something motherboards are alright, and do some play around soldering, side by side pins etc lets you learn what not to do and the correct amounts of solder to use to achieve a particular result.
Hmm. Interesting. I *always* pre-tin the wires. Especially for the bios points. It is a tad tricky to get just the right *MINUTE* amount of solder on the end of the wire, but I worry less about the solder running off to the wrong point or the solder only flowing to the wire and not the pin/joint.