I have a fatal short circuit (connecting 0V to 5V) on a very tedious stripboard project because I was given an 8-pin 2-row DIP socket (shown below) that has a short circuit between pins 2 and 3 (the two middle pins on the left-most side) instead of an 8-pin 2-row DIP socket where none of the pins are connected to each other.
Do I have to de-solder all ten of the sockets I have used and solder new ones in (painful) or could I simply manually cut the socket between pins 2 and 3 with some sort of razor blade (please recommend a better tool)?
Edit: it was suggested that no sockets are manufactured with short circuits so I am guessing there must be something wrong with the board. I have S-C, O-C and continuity tested the board (as well as made some extra track breaks) and still I cannot see why the top most rail is shorted to the bottom most rail... Most of this board was not by work but it is my task to finish it off (groan).