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To socket or not to socket....Your opinion

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by NJM, Mar 14, 2007.

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  1. NJM

    NJM Guest

    I was just wondering whether you all would use a socket for small beginner
    projects like a 555 in a metronome, or just solder them directly?
  2. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Yes, definitely. A hobbyist who's not interested in having the
    manufactured device run forever, and isn't going to be throwing it
    into a toxic environment, should use standard dual leaf sockets.
    They're relatively inexpensive, and allow you to replace the IC easily
    if you smoke it (valid even for a $0.50 555), and reuse it if it no
    longer interests you.

  3. If the 'beginner' is a soldering AND legs on dual line chips "identifier
    counter/wizard" then solder.
    If in doubt use sockets!

    Have fun

    Slack user from Ulladulla.
  4. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    I'd do it all socketed for the simple fact that that's what a breadboard
    is. With beginner projects, you want the ability it reuse parts because
    that metronome is only interesting for a few minutes...

    Sockets are usually much cheaper than the ICs that go in them. All
    Electronics (I happened to have their catalog nearby) has sockets for as
    low as $0.15 while their cheapest 7400-series IC is $0.35. If you're new
    to soldering, it's better to destroy a 15 cent socket than a 35 cent IC,
    right? (Normal disclaimers apply, catalog prices where Summer of '06.)

  5. Martin

    Martin Guest

    The others seem to like sockets, but I disagree.

    For more or less temporary stuff, just use a breadboard ... thats what
    they're for.

    If its going in a board. then solder it in.
    Its no more difficult to solder the IC, it saves the additional cost
    of the socket, its more reliable.

    BTW, in all my years, as far as I know, I've never ruined a component
    by overheating it during soldering it. (Lifted a few traces on PC
    boards though)

    And FWIW you can overheat some sockets soldering them in too (I'll
    guess the cheaper ones are more susceptible to it) and THAT might
    suck to troubleshoot, cause it'll most likely show up as an
    intermittent/poor contact.

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