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Female pin header on single-side PCB

Discussion in 'PCB Layout, Design and Manufacture' started by Vagulus, May 9, 2018.

  1. Vagulus

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    I am working on a project based on an Arduino Pro Mini controller.
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    My idea is to have two 12-pin rows of male header pins soldered to the Pro Mini (on the long sides) which are to correspond to two 12-socket female headers on the PCB. Problem is that the design calls for a one-sided PCB and I can't see how I can solder the female headers (sockets if you will) to a one-sided PCB.

    How can I get round this one?
     
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Can you elaborate on the details of your 'problem'? Why would it be difficult to solder a female header to a one sided PCB?
     
  3. Vagulus

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    Because the plasticized\ bit (the socket) sits on the copper where I want to solder. :( I could poke the pins through from underneath and have the Pro Mini on the opposite side of the board from the other components, but that would seem a bit odd. :confused:
     
  4. davenn

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    solder suck out the holes insert the strip of pins in place and then resolder the holes from the rear side

    I'm assuming the holes go all the way through to the other side ?
     
  5. Vagulus

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    Is that the only option? It sounds a bit hit and miss. ;) I guess the stick is to suck the solder through the hole. I'll give it a go. o_O
     
  6. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    what do you mean hit and miss ?
    it's a perfectly normal and standard practice :)
     
  7. Vagulus

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    Hmmmm. :( I've known a few boilermakers who had 'perfectly normal and standard practices' like that. :D
     
  8. Harald Kapp

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    You can use a socket without plastic case like this one. After soldering the sockets in place, which is easily done from both sides or one side only, remove the carrier and insert the chip or whatever goes there.
     
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  9. Vagulus

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    That looks a bit more professional. Trouble now is finding a supplier in this part of the world. There'll be someone.

    Thanks
     
  10. Bluejets

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    Seems you've never seen veroboard.
    Only been around for 50 years odd.
    Available on Ebay for a few dollars and last lot I bought was a 5 piece pack.
     

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  11. kellys_eye

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    Sounds like you're mounting the components on the copper side of the board SMD-fashion. You can easily bend the legs of a standard DIP socket outwards to solder to pads. If you want to be 'fancy' then design the board for the Arduino chip itself and solder ALL parts to it - not just the 'carrier board'.
     
  12. Bluejets

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    Bit off topic here I know but just wondering why the pics I posted came up sideways?
     
  13. davenn

    davenn Moderator

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    That's very insulting !!
     
  14. Vagulus

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    You want to hear what boilermakers say about fitters. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Vagulus

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    I didn't notice. ;)
     
  16. Vagulus

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    Yeah, I was. The penny drops. o_O Thanks.
     
  17. ElektroQuark

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    You can try SMD headers:

    [​IMG]
     
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