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Improved GorillaPod Helping Hands Tool

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Those who dabble with the odd bit of soldering or fiddling with tiny object would be familiar with the Helping Hands tool, it comes with 2 articulated crocodile clips and an attached magnifying glass.

The truth is, though useful, the articulated crocodile clip are dastardly bad, inflexible ball joint with multiple tightening screw and the magnifying glass is often redundant (see Google image search screen grab).

So this is a version of the Helping Hands using a copy cat GorillaPod camera tripod. The end result is something much more effective and much cheaper, very satisfying to use and folds away tidily, I even think this should be a commercial product available to everyone, hence the public domain license.

YouTube demo of GorillaPod:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgy9nnTP8ts

This is a very easy project, the hardest part is probably drilling a 5mm hole for the tripod mount. Little material is needed, the build is simple indeed.

Here's another instructable that is similar but much more difficult to build requiring coolant hose??
http://www.instructables.com/id/Third-Hand-A-multi-use-helping-hand-for-electro/

So you will need a drill, epoxy, crocodile clips, of course the flexible copy cat Gorillapod tripod, and for the base, a piece of plastic at least 6mm thick (otherwise the tripod screw doesn't fit) or a scrap block of wood.

Amazon link to the £2.99 copy cat GorillaPod tripod:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Flexible-Tripod-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001FTKVSQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313237359&sr=8-1

 
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bobzjr2 years ago
I've been searching for a source of the GorillaPod type hose - to buy longer lengths. Have you seen anywhere to buy it in longer raw lengths?

I have seen some material here: http://www.modularhose.com Looks like really good stuff. But might be a bit expensive for our purposes.
bobzjr2 years ago
Wow - I really like the idea here. The GorillaPod looks like it will work much better than the traditional setup. You might consider preserving the third leg and using it for holding a light or even another clip...
shaggs312 years ago
this is a really cool idea. I have seen the coolant hose one but this one is better and cheaper. I want to build my own but I can not figure out how you attached the alligator clips. Can you provide more detail on how you attached them? Thanks.
24list2 years ago
cool :-)