Cant build Gertboard.


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by RattyDAVE » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:57 pm
I have a Gertboard and and just realised that I am getting. :-(

Is there a person there that can build one for me? (I have the kit.) And what is the going price?

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by rickseiden » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:58 pm
I want a Gert board, but I'm not sure I'll be able to assemble it myself, either. I think that's half the reason I want one. To stretch and see if I can do it.

There are a couple of good videos out there, by Gert himself, showing how to do it. Apparently, if you've ever soldered before, you can do this. Have you given it a shot?

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by RattyDAVE » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:10 pm
Its the Surface mount components that are the problem. I having problem seeing them let alone unpacking them.
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by rickseiden » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:16 pm
Yea. If your vision is a problem, I can see where this would be difficult. I wear bifocals myself, and the little surface mounts will be tough, but I've practiced on an old video card that didn't work anymore, and I can see them well enough to do it.

Not that I'm offering to do it for you, as I'm not even sure I can do it for myself!
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by jamesh » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:26 pm
I have reached the age where a desktop magnifier (all sorts available) is useful for loads of stuff....would certainly help here - even people with 20:20 use them for SM components.
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by SN » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:36 pm
magnifying glass on a stand sorted it for me

this is what I'm using http://www.maplin.co.uk/helping-hands-w ... ifier-4017
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by ChadP » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:43 pm
Ill assemble gertboards or anything that someone needs help putting together. Ive worked with electronics for years. I use a hakko soldering station.
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by exartemarte » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:01 pm
I'm not going to say anyone could do this - if you've never soldered before then, in my opinion, this is not the place to start.

But, if you can solder normal through-hole components into a pcb then you can also solder up a Gertboard. That's where I was: I had never soldered smd components before and I thought that would be difficult verging on the impossible, but it wasn't. I followed Gert's advice and it worked. I used a combined lamp/magnifier, tweezers, fine solder (0.4mm) and a 25W Antex iron with a fine tip. The first smd took a while, and several attempts, but I soon got the hang of it. One piece of advice - only hold with the tweezers in the final second or so as you solder the component into position - there's a danger of the component pinging off out of the tweezers, never to be seen again.
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by karl101 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:24 pm
I built my Gertboard yesterday. It was the first time I'd soldered SMD's, it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, following Gert's advice from the videos.

Using the Gerboard as a feeble excuse to buy new things. I bought a soldering iron station that controls the temperature and has a fine tip: http://uk.farnell.com/tenma/21-10115-eu ... dp/2062627 as well as a magic solder tip cleaner http://uk.farnell.com/duratool/sh-1025/ ... dp/1467280

I also got an magnifier headband, this one is quite expensive: http://uk.farnell.com/edsyn/ma10/magnif ... /dp/353760 but this one is cheaper: http://uk.farnell.com/linear-tools/59-6 ... dp/2102054 it was really useful with the SMD's

Problems I encountered when soldering the SMD's: components sticking to the tweezers. Dropping the component onto the board and not being able to find it, and using a little too much solder.

Finally, here is my timelapse video, a Gertboard built in 60 Seconds:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kazzle101/8151557008

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by Grumpy Mike » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:05 pm
Ok here is my time time lapse
http://vimeo.com/52334414
Took me a bit longer, note the clock in the corner.
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by RaTTuS » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:07 am
what sort of headset do you use mike?
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by Grumpy Mike » Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:37 pm
RaTTuS wrote:what sort of headset do you use mike?

It is the sort with a light but I took that off, it is like the one in this link:-
http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/3633962/2+LEDs+Head+Light+Magnifying+Glass+Magnifier-P1,180

I did get one at the last job from RS and that cost £45, I bought an identical one at the Harrogate model engineering show for £7.00 when I left. That was this type:-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33177304@N03/6305319953/
It is a posed photo, looks natural enough but you could not actually work like that. :)
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