I'm fairly new to electrical circuitry, and while trying to test out and use a 74HC595 Shift register I ran into some issues. I'm not using a micro-controller, just push buttons to control to the register. The lights will flicker and the controls will not do what they are supposed to do. Pressing the latch button turns off the LEDs until I start it again 5 minutes later. I have a feeling that the circuit is being over-driven, but I could be wrong. Anyone have any idea what im doing wrong and how it can be fixed? Thanks.
Here's the circuit board. It is hooked up to 5V on either side of the breadboard. That apparatus with the BJT and the LED is a NOT gate to control the clear function on the Shift Register.