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Helping Hand from old Black and Decker Snake Light

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Hi fellow instructables.  First time poster long time loiterer ;).

I needed a new set of helping hands for a long term project I've been working on.  Lots of soldering and fiddly bits and my old helping hands have been falling apart. All that's left is one alligator clip and the cast iron base.

I found two Black and Decker Snake Lights at a junk shop for $2 each.  These were from the 90's with good ol' incandescent torch globes.  I'd been looking for something similar to make my helping hands and thought these would do perfectly. I'm keeping one for an LED conversion later.

One of these snake lights should be able to make 2 to 3 helping hands.

The only tools you'll need for this are:

- Thermoplastic (http://www.plastimake.com)
- 2 x Large Pliers or Pliers and a Vice
- Scissors or a box citter/exacto knife
- Star shaped security screw driver (optional - you could crack/smash/destroy the case open)
- Alligator Clip/s
- Kettle for boilding water
- Oven (Optional for molding)
 
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Step 1: Disassemble the Snake Light

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Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of this step but its pretty easy going.

1. Undo the security screw on the torch end
2. Undo the security screw on the battery end
3. If you don't have the screw driver bit - HULK SMASH!
4. Pull everything you can off
5. Take your cutting knife or scissors and strip back the black flexible tubing.
-  you might be able to just cut the ends off and pull it over if you want to keep it.
6. You should be left with the two rectangular (connectors) ends now.  Take the pliers and grip one end and then another set of pliers to grip the knuckle below it..
7. Twist till the connector breaks away from the knuckle and then snip the cable.
8. (optional) repeat steps 6 and 7 for the other end.
will10101 year ago
aww i should of done this! we had this same light that was no good and it was either thrown out or put in the yard sale not to long ago
benster (author)  will10101 year ago
I've only just discovered them. I've recently picked up 3 more. Very handy things. :)