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QuickMods - Soldering Arms

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For those of you who solder, you know how hard it can be to hold your soldering iron, wire, and 2 (or more) pieces you're soldering. These are two arms attached to a piece of wood that can bend in any direction and stay that way. They also have clips on the ends which grab stuff. This is my version of "Helping Hands" by John Otto.

I have incorporated more common materials into this project, so this version is more accessible to people like me who don't want to go out and buy alligator clips and such things.

Hover your mouse on the yellow squares for tool uses. You might be able to use something else instead.

MATERIALS ==========

LARGE WOOD PLATFORM, approx. 1.25 feet by 1 foot
2 COAT HANGERS
2 CLOTHES PINS
TAPE, preferably electrician's
4 SCREWS, I don't recommend using nails

TOOLS ==========

SCREWDRIVER or DRILL
SCISSORS
PLIERS
 
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Step 2: Bend off the Wire

Twist the coat hanger at the top to untie it. Use the pliers to bend off the highlighted section of wire in the picture. Do this to both coat hangers.

Step 6: Clothes Pin Stuff

I put the clothes pin into a vice and sawed off the angled edge. This will help with holding what ever you use this thing for.

Then I taped down the top of the spring. The spring moves around a lot so I highly suggest doing this, no matter how much of a pain it might be. I then taped it in several places to keep the spring on even better and keep the clothes pin closed tight.
instead of sawing u could file it down and it would be much easyier
A thought to help the clothespins - wrapping a rubber band around the clothespin will give it more tension to help it hold things better in case the spring is too weak.
Aeshir (author)  calculusrunner7 years ago
If you put the tape on the clothespins really tight like I did, that probably wouldn't be nesessary (agh, I can never remember how to spell that). It would be a better alternative however.
lauriek Aeshir6 years ago
Never Eat Cake, Eat Sausage Sandwiches And Remain Young

;)
inertia187 years ago
Get an alligator clip its much easier to put on to the wire hanger
Great idea. Thanks
Aeshir (author) 7 years ago
I need one with a lot shorter arms..... -_-
spinach_dip8 years ago
Aeshir (author)  spinach_dip7 years ago
Woah that one is really cool.
leevonk8 years ago
cool project, they sell something similar called 'helping hands' for $5
(http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/item/HELPH-M/search/HELPING_HAND_WMAGNIFIER_.html).
They are very very useful, I use them for all my soldering jobs. You should do one modification to make them more useful if you buy them: http://www.instructables.com/id/EGHGI21YFWEP287TUT/
rajat8 years ago
I read this and I instantly knew that this is what I've really wanted so many times! Anyone ever had to solder two wires VERTICALLY?? I couldn't do it earlier with just two hands, but we're now talking four of 'em here! Thanks!
Aeshir (author) 8 years ago
Yay! I feel special! Thanks guys.
andorphin8 years ago
PetervG8 years ago
Great idea. I'll defentilly make one of these if I ever get into a project.
this is a really good idea its so simple yet so useful
mikesty8 years ago
That's freakin' sweet.
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