[sdiy] Buffering 0V when using a pot as a voltage divider?

Paul Perry pfperry at melbpc.org.au
Thu Jun 30 04:25:14 CEST 2011

Nothing wrong with a thick ground trace, but if you are reduced to 
thickening a ground trace to 'improve' a ground problem, then the layout is 
wrong in the first place.
I'm speaking from experience here - through not strictly following a star 
ground strategy, I once had spikes from an oscillator getting into 
everything, but managed to save the day by soldering an inch of 1/8 inch 
diameter solid copper rod across the offending chunk of ground trace.
Revised layout & all was well..

paul perry Melbourne Australia

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David G Dixon" <dixon at mail.ubc.ca>
To: "'Ian Fritz'" <ijfritz at comcast.net>; "'Neil Johnson'" 
<neil.johnson97 at ntlworld.com>; <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Buffering 0V when using a pot as a voltage divider?

>> >Yes, but if ground has a measurable impedance, it ain't much
>> of a ground.
>> >That's all I'm saying.
>> That's why real men use wire, not those ridiculous,
>> infinitesimally thick PCB traces.
> In my personal layouts, I always make the ground traces about twice as 
> wide
> as all other traces, and I've got two stranded-wire cables delivering 
> ground
> to every module (and just one for each rail), which is pretty standard.
> Anything you can do to decrease the impedance of ground is a plus.
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