Ok, tonight has been frustrating. It seems I got a little turned around with my serial soldering and I put my power leads in the wrong places. The bad thing is that I had to really test my contortionist skills and fine motor skills while soldering in an incredibly tight area without melting other wiring. Well, I got it resoldered just fine though it took some precious time.
Now on to the grand finale. After getting it put back together I went for the 2nd power test of the evening. Who let the smoke out? It would appear that if you accidentally solder one of your diodes directly to your power lead you exceed the diode’s ability to retain its smoke.
So I guess I’ll be calling Radio Shack tomorrow to see if they actually stock the 1N4148 diodes or if they’re online only. I really hate to wait any longer. This is taking much longer than I’d hoped. :-/