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Troubleshooting Electronics

Intermittent problems are often due to a loose connection. Once you find the connection, you can simply solder it. But how do you find it?

When the equipment is exposed and running – being careful to avoid shorting anything or shocking yourself, you can tap on components with the eraser end of a pencil. The badly connected component will act up when tapped.

Troubleshooting a printed circuit card is much easier if you isolate the circuts. You can harmlessly cut through a trace with a razor blade, and then solder a wire over it after testing.


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