I picked up Circuitbuilding For Dummies by H. Ward Silver at my local Library a few weeks ago. Overall a very useful book for the beginner or seasoned builder. This is the type of book where everytime you read it will pick up something new.
Table of Contents:
Basic tools, solderless breadboards, software tools.
Metalworking, soldering, reading schematics.
Using a Solder less Breadboard:
Breadboarding an Audio Amplifier and Digital Timer.
Building a Printed Circuit Board:
Covers through-hole and surface mount boards.
Building a Prototype:
Building and constructing an audio level controller, audible alarm, and regulator.
Building from a Published Schematic:
Good info on Dead-Bug, Manhattan, and wire-wrap building.
Terminals and Connectors:
Crimp terminals, tools, and correct installation advise.
Wiring for Wireless Radio:
Covers coaxial connectors, type F, UHF, and BNC connectors.
Covers AC switches, fuseholders, and plugs.
Audio and Sensitive Connections:
Installing phono plugs and microphone connectors.
Meet the Test Equipment:
Voltmeters, testers, probes, scopes, all the good stuff.
Measurements That Test Your Circuit and Projects:
Ohm's Law, checking and testing transistors, measuring voltage, current, and resistance.
Who Let the Smoke Out?:
Trouble shooting and debugging basics. Diagnosing audio problems.
Maintaining Your Cool Stuff:
Maintaining your electronic equipment.
Getting a Charge Out of Batteries:
A overall good write up on battery basics.
Electronics in Motion:
All about mobile installations.
Getting Rid of Interference and Noise:
Dealing with interference and installing high-pass filters and chokes.
Ten Circuitbuilding Secrets:
A nice list of helpful ideas.
Ten Circuit First-Aid Techniques and Supplies:
Great hints and tips for the builder.
Tons more useful stuff in every chapter, I even like the listing to a distributor for hard to find items. In a future write up I add to the list of where to go for the hard to find stuff.
This is a great book to keep on the shelf within easy reach when working on a project and need to a quick refresher on using a scope or new idea. I plan to pick up a copy soon since I had to return this one.
Cuicuitbuilding For Dummies is a keeper.