Open Garage hardware prototype v1

Behold.  My first actual prototype for my Open Garage project.  Not much has changed at this point on the code end of things but the code was updated to account for a few things.  Namely, I changed some of the pins I used and also updated how the button worked.  Previously, I had one button…

Solder sucker

I didnt realize when I ordered this from Amazon that it wasnt Amazon prime.  It showed up today from China after being ordered earlier this month.  Sort of a nice surprise since i had forgotten about ordering it so I thought I’d try it out tonight. Long story short I love the thing.  This works…

Soldering – take 2

So I wanted to get back to soldering since I hadnt done it in awhile and  I gave up on trying to desolder my first attempt.  That braided wire just sucked.  So I ended up manually removing the components from the perf board (not fun (cut finger (ouch))).  So here’s my second attempt at soldering…

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….

Electrical soldering flux

One of the remaining items I had ordered for this month showed up today.  It’s a flux pen for soldering.  I’ve used flux before with soldering copper pipes, but didnt even know it was a thing with electrical soldering until this was recommended to me.   The concept seems to make sense though since you…

Soldering take 1

One of the skills I’ve been hoping to pick up this month was soldering.  It’s a skill that I’ve always sort of struggled with.  My previous soldering iron was a cheap RadioShack special.  It took forever to heat up, didn’t deliver constant temperature, and Im pretty sure my lack of knowledge in soldering caused me…