Once I got the stripboard, we need to find what dimensions to cut. I printed out the layout on paper so I just have to glance down and check. I would definitely suggest printing it out.
What I did is drilled the black holes with a slightly bigger bit than the size of the holes. Once you drill all of them, you will notice that there is still some copper connecting the the strip. Grab an even bigger bit and drill on the copper strip side until the point when there is no copper connecting the strip. You do not need to drill all the way through, this might cause complications when soldering.
Now for the links. Links connect different strips together so current can pass through multiple strips. Common linking is to the ground. The material I used for the links are just snipped off component leads. Any type of zero resistance conductor will do, but component leads are simple.
At this point it's a good idea to check if everything is in the right place before you solder.
I could go all day about proper soldering techniques, but there is plenty of that on the internet. One thing that I do and has helped me in a wet sponge. This cleans the soldering iron tip without burning anything. It's also goo for removing extra solder from the tip.
As the last step in the preparation of the stripboard, we are going to check to see if there is any solder bridges. The way that I do this is to have an LED circuit that is broken and to let the current pass the two wires need to connect. Some multi meters have a function similar to this, mine does not. But this will still tell me if there is any solder where it should not be.
This is an extra little step that can help in the long run.
Now your board is ready for components!
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