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Cutting up and rewiring PCBs

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Tantalum

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I was wondering would I be able to cut apart a PCB and rewire all the connections? Isn't a PCB nothing but a way to make complex connections in a small space?

I'm asking because I would rather not screw up this board by doing something that seems like it would work, only to later find out that there are more layers then I can see....


I used a lamp to shine through the PCB so I could see the paths, here are some pictures that also show where I want to cut.

http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/957/circutcut1rp2.png
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/9716/circutcut2ua3.png
 

Super Nade

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What do you intend to do with it? Do you have a schematic? It is a bad bad idea to chop up PCB's without understanding the schematic (circuit diagram). If you have the Schematic, I can lay out a PCB for you.
 
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Tantalum

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I plan on stacking one on top of the other. I was going to de-solder the connections that are in the way of the cut, then wire them back together once I have the boards in the position that I need them to be in... Its from a power supply. I was able to see a basic outline of the traces that I can cut around by using the lamp(The first photo.).
 

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Tantalum

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The reason why I had wanted to keep part of the original PCB is because I am rather new to creating circuits on a perf board, so I thought it would be much easier to just use the other board and reconnect them with wire(They are going to be placed a few inches apart with another board between them so I cant just use a really long perf board.).

Here is a example of what I mean.
 

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