||The "ratings bar" for each kit or project
provides a relative measure of how complex the
installation process is.
||Beginner level projects (green) generally
require no soldering but usually involve removing
socketed chips and plugging in replacement
boards. Beginner projects will usually not
require much more than common hand tools and a
willingness to follow directions.
||Intermediate level projects (yellow-orange)
will likely involve some soldering and small
board-level modifications or running a few wires
in addition to the Beginner level activities.
Intermediate projects will usually require an
average quality low-wattage soldering iron and
tools like wire-strippers, clippers, etc.
||Advanced level projects (red) will typically
involve soldering and understanding of diagrams
and electronics concepts. The kit may require
user-supplied components or it may be used as a
"building block" for a more complex
project by the user. Advanced projects may
require electronic test equipment, device
All projects require a basic understanding of safe
handling practices for electronic components and
static-safety in addition to basic socketed chip removal
techniques. These are covered to varying degrees in the
manuals, but please ask questions or recruit help from a
more experienced person if you're uncertain of a
procedure or practice!
© 2001, Clayton Cowgill firstname.lastname@example.org