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Picture of Improving a 3'rd hand
I got tired of my old 3'rd hand scratching up my circut boards, and that it only had 2 crocodile clips.
I then went to the equal of the "dollar store," and bought 2 3'rd hands. This is the end result a really nice 3'rd hand!

Step 1: What you need

Picture of What you need
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2 3'rd hands
Scissor
3 mm. ID hot shrink tubing
Heatsource eg. lighter / soldering iron
 
Ernest122 years ago
Use the remaining stand and clip to hold a small fan from an old pc to pull smoke away from you when you are using the new improved one helping hand you describe.
iectyx3c4 years ago
Silas, good i'ble -- but this is a family cartoon, please edit them narsty street grammar out.
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qubert7 years ago
they are at a store called princess auto the go on sale for dirt cheep thats when i bought mine www.princessauto.com
jewelzc48 years ago
some rubberizing dip could work good for the clips also
austind19938 years ago
Where could you get a third hand???
Silas (author)  austind19938 years ago
It say's in the intro.. Don't ask if you don't bother to read! Come on, IN THE INTRO!?!?
This also would be useful to hold say a wire whilst you tin it....Or perhaps the chip your building your bug bot around...
sysadmn8 years ago
Actually, a one-handed second hand IS useful - for disassembly. If you're scrounging parts off a circuit board, the clip holds the board at the correct angle, the magnifying glass shows you what you're heating, you have one hand for the soldering iron, and the other for braid, a pick, or a pair of needle nose pliers, depending on what you're working on.
crapflinger8 years ago
i think the unintentinal picture frame is much more interesting than the 3rd hand...but i do see the use for having 3 clips instead of 2...
Silas (author) 9 years ago
I just like the ekstra clip, becasue it can hold components while the 2 others hold the curcuit board. Also i didn't destroy one, it's fine, it just only got 1 hand. Take a look at the pic in step 6.. Yeah the first layer im heat shrink tubing rips on some of the teeth, hence the extra layer..
naught1019 years ago
why destroy one to make the other only slightly better and/or more annoying? surely three hands would be too much? I like the idea with the heat shrink though. do the clips end up cutting through the tubing? I think I might just use gaffer tape
boocat9 years ago
I am going to make one of these!
andorphin9 years ago
Simple yet wonderful!