Contents of Handbook of Circuit Building by H. Ward Silver book
Part I: Working Basics for Electronic-ers
Chapter 1: The Toolbox
Chapter 2: Basic Techniques
Part II: Building Circuits
Chapter 3: Using a Solderless Breadboard
Chapter 4: Building a Printed Circuit Board
Chapter 5: Building a Prototype
Chapter 6: Building from a Published Schematic
Part III: Cables and Connectors
Chapter 7: Terminals and Connectors
Chapter 8: Wiring for Wireless Radio
Chapter 9: Mastering Power
Chapter 10: Audio and Sensitive Connections
Part IV: Measuring and Testing
Chapter 11: Meet the Test Equipment
Chapter 12: Measurements That Test Your Circuits and Projects
Part V: Maintaining Electronic Equipment
Chapter 13: Who Let the Smoke Out?
Chapter 14: Maintaining Your Cool (Stuff)
Chapter 15: Getting a Charge Out of Batteries
Chapter 16: Electronics in Motion
Chapter 17: Getting Rid of Interference and Noise
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 18: Ten Circuitbuilding Secrets
Chapter 19: Ten Circuit First-Aid Techniques and Supplies
Handbook of Circuit Building by H. Ward Silver
Perhaps you’ve never built anything electronic, and now you want to. Perhaps you have built something before, but now you want to do something different. Look no further. Circuit building Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is the book for both kinds of readers. Primarily, this book is intended to act as an introduction and guide to someone just getting started with electronics and circuits. It covers basic tools and techniques. If you are somewhat experienced with electronics, you’ll find the book most useful as a workshop reference for specific kinds of tasks.
The latter half of the book focuses on specific how-tos: cables, connectors, measurements, and maintenance. There are so many circuits and applications of electronics that it is impossible to provide a detailed how-to guide for even a tiny fraction of the different types! The goal of this book is to show you the tools and techniques that circuit builders use, common to a wide variety of electronic construction needs.
This book presents basic techniques most useful to beginners. As such, you won’t find detailed discussions of advanced topics such as fabricating your own circuit boards or performing reflow soldering at home. Nevertheless, if you become familiar with the techniques in this book, it will be easier for you to move on to more sophisticated techniques. I’ll also give you pointers about where to find information on them. This book is not a circuit design course or cookbook. I’ll be assuming that you already have a schematic from a book or magazine or maybe you’ve purchased a kit. This book shows you how to build it, not design it. The list of resources in Appendix A include quite a number of how-to-design books about electronics and even some online courses and tutorials.