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Repair broken tracks with wire and solder.

On Upcraft.it, MAKE pal Andrew Lewis shares some tips and tricks for repairing switches.

With this switch, I was able to reposition the broken corner of the board and glue it back into place with epoxy. A close examination of the copper tracks on the circuit board showed that one or two breaks had occurred as a result of the cracked PCB. I repaired the cracks by removing varnish with a fiberglass pencil and soldering a piece of wire across the broken section of track.

Workshop: Repairing Switches

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Wes Nixon says:

    I made this same sort of a repair on a very old pong game I picked up second-hand a few years ago. Of course, the traces were the size of sticks of gum, so the soldering could have been done with a blow torch…

    The sense of accomplishment when it fired right up and started blip-blipping along was awesome.