Soldering to a circuit board

Im not sure exactly what these boards should be called.  I’ve read some places where they were called solder boards, other places call them breadboards, and yet other places call them prototyping boards.  In either case, it’s a board that has holes through which you can insert components and then solder them to the board.  One side of the board has rings of copper around each hole which are for the solder to attach to. Once the solder sets you use a wire cutter to cut the end off.  If you zoom in you can sort of see where the top of the solder is flat on both sides from me cutting it.

I got these boards from Amazon and planned on using them for practicing soldering and desoldering.  Tonight I decided to solder a simple circuit on the board.  If you read my last post on resistance then you know I came up with a simple LED circuit using five 10 volt resistors.  Since I didn’t feel like soldering that much, I substituted those resistors for a single 100 volt resistor.  The above picture shows my attempt at soldering the resistor to the board.  I think it turned out pretty well!  I then moved onto to soldering the LED to the board.  This is where I started running into problems…

You might notice that the wire Im using is braided instead of solid core.  As it turns out, for some reason I don’t have any small gauge solid core wire around so I was stuck using this stuff.  What a nightmare (I’ve since ordered some hook-up wire) to try and get the wire through the hole without one of the strands getting stuck.  In any case, above you can see where I have the resistor and the LED soldered to the board.  The two remaining wires are going to be soldered to some pin headers that I can connect to.  Here’s what it looks like from the top…

You can se what Im talking about with the strands getting stuck in the holes.  I think this will be my first official desoldering project once I get the solid core wire in.  Just looking at that drives me crazy.  I then soldered the remaining two wires to the headers…

The kit I bought came with these jumpers that have a male end and a female end.  The female end fits over the header pins I soldered to the board and the male end can go right into the power rail of the breadboard…

Success!  It works!  Im pretty pleased with how the soldering turned out.  Im also rather anxious to try desoldering this and replacing the wires when the solid core wire arrives.  I can see how a board like would be a nice step for prototyping after you got something working on the breadboard.

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