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Are ordinary staples suitable for short wire links

  1. Mar 19, 2010 #1
    Are ordinary staples suitable for short wire links in breadboards without there being any corrosion?
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  3. Mar 19, 2010 #2


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    Re: Staples

    Breadboards are meant more for prototyping purposes and aren't really meant to be used in wet / moist / corrosive environments. I'd bet the contacts would probably also corrode if used for any extended duration in such an environment. Well, these types are, at any rate:

    Most staples will rust, but as long as it's dry, they should be conductive enough to make connections on a breadboard. Solid stranded copper hookup wire would probably be better, but then you'd need to cut and strip the ends.
  4. Mar 21, 2010 #3
    Re: Staples

    Thanks for the response but the question was about the electro-chemistry between the staple and the metal in the breadboard. You know how computer peripheral cards have gold contacts to prevent this. I'm thinking the 2 metals might react and cause damage to the board.
  5. Mar 21, 2010 #4
    Re: Staples

    The hookup wire is probably cheaper and easier to work with anyway, and afaik it has no corrosion issues :P

    Depends what the staples and the breadboard is made from, I suppose.
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