Introduction: 3rd Hand Upgrades With Sugru

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I like my 3rd hand with a magnifying glass, but sometimes it just falls over as it isn't very well balanced.  Also sometimes the alligator clips bite into my PCBs and tear them up.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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Gather needed supplies: 3rd hand, chunk of something for base, small rod such as drill bit or screwdriver, 1 pack of Sugru.

Step 2: Sugru the Alligator Clips

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Pull off a small piece of sugru and roll it into a snake about an 1/8" thick and cut into 4 pieces about 3/8" long. Open the alligator clips and insert the rod to hold them open.  Insert a piece of Sugru in the top and bottom jaw of both clips.  Put to the side to dry.

Step 3: Sugru the Base

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Prepare the base.  Mine came with some felt, so I peeled it off.  Take the remaining Sugru and roll into a snake about 1/4" and then press it to the bottom of the base, then press firmly onto your base.  In my case I used a convenient chunk of lead.

Step 4: Put It Back Together

Let everything dry 24 hours and reassemble.  Then you are done!

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