I bought a USB Boarduino a while back to give as a gift. It took a while, but I taught my nephew how to solder (I just taught myself a few months ago), and we got the board put together. We plugged it in, loaded the Blink sketch, and it worked! The blinking LED said "mission accomplished." But something didn't look right. The green Power LED never lit up. Upon closer inspection, it looks like the LED is very askew on the pads, there was a solder blob from pins 7-8 of the FTDI chip, and a solder blob on 2 pins of the USB connector (as I look at the connector from the solder leads side, the leftmost 2 pins are shorted). I measured across the LED and it reads a short in both directions. So I think the LED pad is just shorted across the PCB SMT pads.
I was able to remove the FTDI solder blob with an Xacto blade (didn't really help though), but I have never dealt with soldering an SMT device (USB connector or LED).
1) Do I try to fix the USB connector pin, and the D1, and return the board if I screw it up more? Or...
2) Do I just return the assembled board, get a new one and try again?