I know this issue must have been covered many times, but I can't find it using "search". Sorry.
Anyway, I am making and using small single sided boards to mount chips and parts. If I mount the compoents onto the non-plated side of the board and solder them to the plated side (the "bottom"), then I need to mount header pins up FROM the bottom and solder them in place. Trouble is, the plastic carrier for the header pins is in the way for soldering.
This isn't a problem with "kit" breakout boards that I have bought from Adafruit because those boards have plated through holes and, I guess, are double sided.
What are the best solutions to date?
I have been soldering the components with the plated side UP, so I can easily attach header pins, but this isn't very neat and components get the way if the parts count is very high.
If I get no responses, here's what I wil do next:
-Plan to mount components to the blank side of the board, pushing leads through to the bottom, which is the plated side.
-Stick the header pins through FROM the plated side.
-Super glue the two outer pins of the header in place from the top (unplated side)
-Slide the plasitc carrier down far enough to solder those two glued-in outer pins
---The other pins should stay in place in the carrier, therefore moving away from the board
-Slide the other pins back into place, while holding the carrier away from the board
-Solder the remaining pins
-Slide the carrier back into place.
-Maybe super glue stuff in place for support