RE: [sdiy] wiring is hard!! advice?

rdrake rdrake at data2action.com
Wed Nov 5 19:33:33 CET 2008


first, i wire all the common connections (ground, +/-v) between components on the panel--for wiring between componets (that therefore will never flex) i use solid wire, usually 24 or 26ga.  
then i figure out what i have better access to with boards/panels all mounted: the PCB or the panel.  then, with the panel detached, i add the wires to whichever (panel or board) is less accessible.  then i mechanically attach pcb and panel and start wiring, generally starting with the shortest wires.  i use very small gauge stranded wire, 26 or 28... if its pre-tinned, it seems to hold it's shape better when you try to route it.  i try to bundle wires logicially into subsections based on proximity, and sort of color-coded: black for grounds, red for outputs etc.  i'll often use ribbon cable, especially for pots and switches, splitting off bundles of 2 or 3 lines leading to a single control. and it try to route wires so they follow along the panel/pcb plane (rather than just flying thru the air), and tie them in place temporarily as i go.  even after it's tested, i'll use twisty-ties to tidy things up rather than wire harnesses, which make it harder to do maintenance.

good luck
b



>----- ------- Original Message ------- -----
>From: subjectivity at hotmail.com
>To: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
>Sent: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 17:43:54
>
>
>take a look at this:
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/13918667@N02/300594441
>4/
>
>3 small pcbs (home etched) and one big (asm2) board
>plus a PSU.
>
>i am having some trouble figuring out how to mount
>everything properly AND get the wires set up in a
>somewhat nice way. is there an easy way to do it?
>should i put the big board in first and THEN the
>little boards? could i mount the little boards to
>the sides and the asm to the bottom?
>
>any advice?
>
>What do YOU think is the best way to do it? connect
>the wires on the boards FIRST and then (and only
>then) connect them to the pots and switches
>
>OR do you think you should put all the boards in
>the box first and THEN do the wiring?
>
>It's easy to get everything wired until i try to
>put it all in the box
>
>and i cant test a damn thing until the wiring is
>done. and then if something doesnt work right, well
>i guess i will have to pull the boards out.
>
>
>anyway.....i've got till monday to finish! you guys
>have all been so helpful
>
>thanks
>
>
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