Introduction: D.I.Y Helping Hands (Cheapest and Quickest)

Ever been working on something and need an extra pair of hands. Then you often choose to use one of the helping hand tools, you know the ones. Flexible arms with crookedly clips on the end. Now crocadile was on my bench the other day and needed a pair to do some soldering and it just so happened mine had been " borrowed " by a family member. So here is a quick easy and very cheap way to make one in a couple of minutes and for little or no cost.

Step 1: Materials

First find some old household wire. The thicker the better ( up to 10mm ) and the stiffer the better.
I had this roll of 3 core under the bench. You only Need 2 core ( i cut of the solid earth wire )
The next thing you need is two crocadile clips. and thats it.

Step 2: Assemby.

Cut a short length of cable about 20-40cm This depends on the stifness of the cable you use. If its too long it will bend under the weight of your work.

Strip one end of the outer case. ( 10cm or so ).

Cut away one core ( if it is 3 core ) I had a sigle solid earth wire i cut off.

Push on your crocadile clip and crimp on with a pair of pliers.

Bend into the required shape.

Step 3: Clamp to Your Bench. or Just Put a Weight on the End.

Step 4: Put to Use.

How easy, made in 2 min, cost next to nothing and does the job required. I know its crude and basic but if it does the job and saves me money or time, it will do me !

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sakshi sinha (author)2017-04-19

how it works.. please explain

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Skwerl (author)2010-06-16

if you have 3 core, you could use all 3. i know most the time you only need to hold 2 leads together, but 3 could be helpful from time to time. or if say a pcb board you had was slightly to heavy for 1, you could use 2 for that and the other for a wire...

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mickcaulton (author)Skwerl2010-06-16

Hi Skwerl - I know what you mean and have done exactly that at other times. ( Great minds must think alike eh - Ha Ha ). I should have mentioned it in the instuctable, but some how i forgot. With this particular one it would not have worked very well with the wire i was using. It was three core but the earth was just a thin un-insulated solid core molded into the outer insulation and it did not have enough strength to work like the live and neutral wires, with their insulation giving them added strength. Cheers. Mickcaulton

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Skwerl (author)mickcaulton2010-06-26

Makes sens, i am definately amused by this idea none the less, i always need a pair of helping hands but never got one because im too stuborn to spend 10 bucks on something my pinky's can do.... anyhow i will most definately do something along this line with extra wire. i see what your saying about the ground makes sense. thanks for the response.

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Michael Chen (author)2010-05-23

Great idea. Saved me 8 bucks

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mickcaulton (author)Michael Chen2010-05-24

Glad it was of some  use to some one else. Cheers, genious 7

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OKC_KENT (author)2009-07-16

Great idea!! I need to solder wires together on my motorcycle. I will mount this to a magnet and attach it to the steel frame as I solder. It beats removing the whole harness!!

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mickcaulton (author)OKC_KENT2009-07-16

Thankyou for the comment. Mick C.

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lusitanv (author)2009-06-23

"Cheapest and Quickest" for sure :) I googled for "helping hand" and I've found this instructible ;) Thanks for sharing this with us. Luis

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mickcaulton (author)lusitanv2009-07-16

Thankyou for the comment. Mick C.

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Phil B (author)2009-03-28

Good idea.

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mickcaulton (author)Phil B2009-03-30

Thanks Phil B. If people take the time to read my Instructable and write a comment then I think it is only right that I take the time to thank you all in person. Although as this is my first posting and I only have a few comments its is easy I can't reply to hundreds of comments on loads of Instructables, but I haven't got loads of Instructables posted or loads of comments yet so for now I can and will thank each and every one of you. And for any other readers please put your views and comments on the idea and the construction layout so I can make improvements on my next. And remember to give me your opinion by rating this Instructable. Thanks to all readers whether you think its good or bad all feed back taken on board.

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Phil B (author)mickcaulton2009-03-30

Occasionally I have posted an Instructable on something that had been helpful to me, but someone made very critical comments. I always look at that person's profile and it usually turns out he has been a member of the forum for more than a year, maybe two or more years, but has posted no Instructables of his own--not one. That alone helps to avoid taking the negative comments too seriously. Having posted some Instructables and made myself a target for anyone who wants to shoot, I try to be decent in the comments I make on other people's submissions. I really believe most of us are DIY junkies who appreciate any sincere effort by others.

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rimar2000 (author)2009-03-28

Good work: easy, cheap, fast and useful.

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mickcaulton (author)rimar20002009-03-30

Thanks Mr rimar2000. Grateful for the comments. To anyone else reading please post your views and give me a rating.

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code_e (author)2009-03-29

Nice job. Very cheap and simple.

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mickcaulton (author)code_e2009-03-30

Thanks code-e for the comments. This is my first post on this site. I am a real tight fist if i can make something onthe cheap that will do the job as well as an off the shelf item and i have loads of other money or time saving workshop tricks. If i keep getting good feedback then i will put in the time and post some more.

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