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Handling Components

When you build an experimental circuit on a breadboard socket, you will need to insert various components into the contact holes on the socket itself. In some cases you can use such components as resistors and capacitors to directly interconnect the appropriate pins or leads of transistors or ICs. In other cases you will need to complete your connetions with short lengths of hookup wire, commonly called "jumpers."

In all cases, however, there are some basic rules for handling experimental components and preparing them for use in your circuits. These rules were developed over time, to help avoid some problems which are often encountered with this type of circuit construction.


The basic rules you should always be careful to follow are:



If you always handle your experimental components gently and with respect, they will last a long time and provide excellent service. It is never too early to learn proper care for your tools and parts.


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