As far as the general soldering method, is it best to solder from the bottom of the board, or from the top?
I just started this project yesterday and I've been doing both. I first solder from the top of the board and, if the solder doesn't seep down to the bottom, I turn it over and solder the bottom as well. Anything wrong with that?
Not much done so far.. 45 minutes and I only got through 6 resistors. This takes a hell of a lot of patience!
(BTW, the manual sucker pump works really well for repairs. I used it a couple times.)
Noo... solder it from the bottom. It shouldn't take 45 minutes for 6 resistors.
Do it at the bottom, heat the component lead (resistor for example), then stick in your solder and touch the iron and component lead, let the solder flow around it, and let some seep into the hole... That's it.
The holes are plated through, as long as you got some solder melt into the hole, you have a good connection for both sides of the PCB.