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Another Idea for the Pins

Go to WalMart or other big box store and get some cheap straight pins that have a steel core and a nickel coating - usually the cheap ones from China are this way.

Take your stranded or solid wire and make a wrap or two up near the head. Solder to the pin. Add shrink wrap.

Take a good pair of end-nippers and cut off the pin to the desired length. Round off the end so it doesn't tear up the breadboard contacts.

These will be much stiffer than component leads, but still small enough to fit solderless bread boards correctly.



I am teaching Microcontrollers to a large group of students in the Autumn and will use this as a first soldering exercise. Have just bought the tubing on ebay. Thanks for the excellent suggestion.

To shorten the pins I found holding them with pliers and snap them sideways worked well.

Why even bother with that just buy 22AWG solid core wire and your set make all the breadboard wires you want. BTW anybody heard of www.nordevx.com ?

Good suggestion on nordevx, haven't heard of them before.

The phone cord and part trimmings were used to show that there are some great ways to repurpose the scrap and junk at the bottom of the bin. Old network cable works well too and you get a bunch of nice colors and stripes to choose from.

With standard phone wire you get black, red, yellow, and green colors. I use them to differentiate from pos, neg, clock, and signal wires.

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