My self-critique and questions:
- I have a few places that the solder oozed through the board to the other side. Especially around the power jack. You can see a big glob of solder between the on/off switch and the power jack in the top side picture below. I think I did that because the holes were so large around the power jack, but I don't know how to not do that the next time.
Bottom side picture, again around the power jack, it looks like shadows in the picture but in reality it looks almost black. It almost looks burnt to me, so I would guess the iron is too hot. What is it really?
Also, the overall look on the back side has a filmy look like someone poured a coke on it and didn't wipe it up. I'm assuming that is from the flux, which I understand from the soldering tutorial here (or maybe one of the links from it) that flux is in the core of the solder to help it flow better. Is there a way to clean it up, or is it ok to leave it like that?
I think right now my biggest challenge is trying to figure out how to get the various pieces together (juggling the solder, iron, holding the switches so they don't fall out and trying not to solder a short by getting to close to something else). I am sure all that just comes with time, and a much better iron ($5 Wal-mart 3m - who knew 3m made irons?). Besides, I only accidentally soldered one hole closed (C4).
On a positive note, when I got to the first break in the project and did the testing, it did work! Not so much on the second break when nothing came on, but that gave me a chance to figure out what the problem was with my shiny new multimeter. Duh, somehow I skipped over putting R2 resistor in! Put that in and everything worked!
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!