General Construction Notes

General Tools

The following basic tools are recommended for constructing most electronic kits:

Small flat-bladed screwdriver
A 3mm flat bladed screwdriver will be fine for most small-scale work.
Small cross-head screwdriver

A Number 0 Phillips screwdriver is recommended.

Note that Phillips and Pozidrive are different and you should use the relevant screwdriver for each screw type.

Small side-cutters
You can get side cutters with either a flat cut or a recessed cut as shown here.
Small snipe-nose pliers
Small pilers with serrated teeth grips
Temperature-controlled soldering iron

The iron should be, typically, between10 and 30 watts.

There are a wide variety of tip shapes but a small chisel style (around 1.2mm tip) should suit most applications.

Solder sucker

Hopefully you don’t need to rework a board but if you do then a solder sucker is useful for clearing out pad holes after removal of a component.

Solder wick is also a lower-cost option.

In addition, for testing and calibration you will need one or more of these items:

  1. Multimeter: should be capable of reading voltage, current (typically no more than 500mA) and resistance. A continuity or diode test function is also useful
  2. Oscilloscope: a general-purpose model is fine for most work required here
  3. Frequency-counter: for most work here the oscilloscope in (2) is usually adequate for measuring frequencies
  4. Crimp Tool: some projects use MTA terminals for external wiring. Crimping for these connectors should, ideally, be made using a proper crimp tool


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