I was not expecting to soldier the headers on the Infineon shield. So I went out to buy a soldier kit. I even got helping hands with magnifying glass. But I realized that with no skills here I was fighting an uphill battle.Also finding the headers was not expected. I did manage to find a bag of them at frys for $2. Also picked up wire at 24 AWG with a stripper/cutter. After using it a while, I decided 18AWG is better since it had more tensile strength. I scavenged an old power supply having both 5V and 12V with a common GND. Since the plug was to something unique, I used the 18AWG wire with a doubled copper core. Here are the results.
When I tried the first time using the helping hands, I discovered they held the board fine, but how to get headers in straight? So here is what happened:
When I realized what happened, it was too late. Now I proceeded to learn to de-soldier. When out and bought a wick and a suction tool. Getting back discovered, suction tool with soldiering iron too hard. Tried the wick next and had some success removing soldier. But not enough to remove the header.
Late one night, I decided when all is quiet I can try again. This time I added a tool to hold iron(last time the stand was too hard to hold hot iron and I burned myself). Maybe better prepared means better results. See what I did now:
Opps! I got so busy I forgot to get right side. Late at night not a good idea. So I conclude I should go to school and have enrolled in an embedded class for MCU's I figure I can find someone to help me work through these issues. Thanks for reading my trials and tribulations on this project. BTW, I will continue to completion even if the contest ends! LOL
PS. The sparkle ball got pushed back due to all the other upfront issues. In a later blog I will share how to build the mirror.