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Tuxedo3

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Tips on board-mounting jacks?
« on: July 27, 2017, 07:14:07 AM »
Hey guys, I've designed many-a-PCB (in no way am I an expert) but I'm redesigning an older board of mine with board mounted jacks.
Are there any tips I should be aware of in this design process? I'll be using https://www.taydaelectronics.com/6-35mm-1-4-stereo-insulated-switched-socket-jack-pcb.html most likely. My major concern is making the board with the correct spacing so that the holes on the enclosure line up with the jacks after they've been mounted. Thanks guys!

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Re: Tips on board-mounting jacks?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2017, 09:15:05 AM »
Measure, measure and measure again. Build a mock up with printouts of your design. Use big pads with lots of wiggle room.

I haven't board mounted jacks...
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Re: Tips on board-mounting jacks?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 02:51:51 PM »
Not worth the hassle IMO. One misplaced foot can equal a broken PCB (been there, done that).

If you insist, only solder a single leg on each jack so you have a bit more wiggle room the first time you put the pedal together. Once everything is lined up, solder the other legs after it is assembled. Other than that, Dave's advice is spot on.

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Re: Tips on board-mounting jacks?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2017, 08:40:21 PM »
Not worth the hassle IMO. One misplaced foot can equal a broken PCB (been there, done that).

If you insist, only solder a single leg on each jack so you have a bit more wiggle room the first time you put the pedal together. Once everything is lined up, solder the other legs after it is assembled. Other than that, Dave's advice is spot on.


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I think this design only makes sense for a big company building thousands of pedals.
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Re: Tips on board-mounting jacks?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2017, 07:08:06 AM »
Thanks for this info guys, seems like you saved me from a bunch of work and measuring that wouldn't have paid off. I appreciate it!