Mandatory tools

Mandatory tools

You’ve carefully read the previous section and checked that you have all the components, good job!

There are some tools and equipment that are required for the assembly and they are not included in the standard kit.

If you’ve bought the standard kit (not a kit with tools) and don’t have them, now would be a good time to borrow or purchase them.

These tools are useful whenever assembling, fixing or modifying electronic devices and should be the part of every maker’s/hacker’s/modder’s/electrician’s equipment.

Many of these are available in a supermarket or in some professional DIY electronics stores like Radio Shack, Adafruit, Sparkfun….

Soldering iron

Any entry-level ‘all-in-one’ soldering iron that you might find at your local hardware store should work (recommended power – something around 30W).

It’s a good idea to upgrade to a more expensive soldering station with temperature regulation if you plan to dive into the world of DIY electronics more thoroughly.
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We highly advise buying a rosin core, 60/40 solder.

This type of solder is usually preferred by the DIY electronics community for similar soldering projects.

Be careful when buying solder, bad solder leads to lots of complications like bad solder joints and unwanted bridging.
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Diagonal Cutter Pliers

You’ll need pliers like this to trim leads of soldered components and cut wires.

We prefer this type showed on the picture (Plato, model 170).

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Standard cross screwdriver

You’ll need this one to mount the casing and the LCD screen.

A regular cross screwdriver with a shaft diameter of 3mm or smaller is sufficient.

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Some insulating tape

You’ll need some sort of adhesive to fixate MAKERbuino’s speaker to the back side of the casing.

Our advice: some insulating or similar tape is the best choice here, but a tube of superglue or a hot glue gun will also do the job. Although, it will not look as tidy as it could if you’ve used the tape for fixation.

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