(Topic ID: 253338)

Stitching Headers


By oldschoolbob

6 months ago



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  • Latest reply 5 months ago by oldschoolbob
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    #1 6 months ago

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone show how to stitch a header after losing a solder pad. I lost several pads on the last board I was fixing. I thought I’d document how I do it. I’m not saying my method is the best. I’m sure others have their own way of doing this and I’d like to see your method.

    I start by feeding a single strand of wire through the header pin hole.

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    Then I insert the header. And wrap the strand around the pin on the solder side.

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    Then solder the header in place. And trim off the wire.

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    Then the tricky part is soldering the other end of the wire to the trace. Be very careful here not to short to any adjacent trace.

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    After completing my work I always buzz test all connections with a DMM. Also check pin to neighboring pin for any shorts.

    I’m sure there are better ways of doing this. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

    Thanks

    Bob

    #2 5 months ago

    That works but you should get some replacement pads and use those. Maybe not the full rivet route, but at least get a solid pad on the missing side for some mechanical strength and re-workability.

    #3 5 months ago

    Thanks slochar, I didn't know you could get replacement pads. I kept the old pads and thought about gluing them back on but if you don't get them on straight it could cause a short. It seems with the wire wrapped around the post and soldered it should be stronger than before.

    Thanks

    Bob

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