Repairing switches

Repairing switches

Repair broken tracks with wire and solder.

On, 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

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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