Introduction: Third Hand++: a Multi-use Helping Hand for Electronics and Other Delicate Work.

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In the past I've used the third hands/helping hands available at chain electronics shops and have been frustrated with their usability. I could never get the clips exactly where I wanted them or it took more time than it really should to get setup right. I also wanted the ability to hold small circuit boards and alligator clips just don't do a very good job.

I was familiar with the adjustable coolant hose systems used to spray coolant at cutting tools in the machining industry and thought that would be a great place to start. I ordered various nozzles and hose segments from my favorite online machine tool supply company and started experimenting. This is what I came up with. While it still has plenty of room for improvement it has served me well over the last 3-4 years.

These arms can be placed into pretty much any position and they will stay there.

Another nice feature is that you can make all sorts of attachments for holding whatever you need to work on. So far I've made a circuit board holder, a clamp, a mount for an LCD, and an extraction fan for keeping fumes out of your face.

All you really need are some simple hand tools, a couple taps, a drill bit and a drill to make the basic version. If you have all the tools you need, it can be made for $20 or less.

Step 1: Getting Started

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The first step is to gather everything you'll need.

- Drill (A hand drill will work but a drill press would be better.)
- 3/8" drill bit
- 1/8-27 NPT tap
- 6-32 Tap
- A tap handle
- Ruler
- Center punch

Don't forget safety glasses!

- The Base:
I used a block of 1/2" thick aluminum (5.75"x2.5"x0.5"). Aluminum is heavy enough to be stable and is easily tapped. You can use whatever you want as long as it is at least a 1/2" thick and can be tapped. (Plastic, wood, MDF, steel, etc...) The lighter the material, the larger the base needs to be in order to remain stable. If the material is too soft the threads will wear out and the arms won't stay in. If you don't have a local source for the aluminum you can order it from an online metal sales company cut to length for about $6 plus shipping. I have used for other projects in the past.

- The arms:
The arms are made from coolant hoses and nozzles used in the machining industry to keep cutting tools cool and lubricated. I used the Snap Flow brand coolant hose system which I bought from They sell a "Male NPT Hose Kit" that has 13" of hose and an assortment of nozzles and connectors. That gets you most of what you need to make a two handed Third Hand. I'd recommend buying two kits and a few extra nozzles and connectors. For around $12 you will have more than enough parts to make 4 arms.
For each arm you will need:
- One 1/8 NPT connector
- 4-5" of hose
- One 1/8" 90 degree nozzle.
You may want to consider buying the hose assembly pliers for $23. They are a little difficult to snap together by hand. I didn't buy the pliers but I kind of wish I had.

- The Hands:
Each hand is made out of a banana plug threaded into the 90 degree nozzle and an alligator clip. I chose the "Flexible Banana plugs (2-Pack)" from radio shack because it has 6-32 threads that will thread into the nozzle. The alligator clips are the standard 2" size.

Step 2: Building the Base - Layout

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Once you have chosen your base material you will need to cut it to size, if it has not been done already. I used a block of 1/2" thick aluminum (5.75"x2.5"x0.5").

Next you need to layout the location of the hole for each arm. In this case I'm using three arms. The arm locations are not critical, they just need to be close enough that the hands will be able to reach each other and symmetrical so they look nice. It will also depend on the shape and size of your base material. A triangular base might also be a good way to go if you plan on using 3 arms.

Use a center punch to mark the center of each hole for drilling.

Step 3: Building the Base - Drilling the Holes

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I usually start with a smaller drill bit to get it started and then finish it with the 3/8" bit. Make sure you drill all the way through the material so it can be tapped. You want the hole to be perpendicular to the base so the hose connector will be flat on the surface when threaded in. This can be done with a hand drill but a drill press would be easier.

Step 4: Building the Base - Tapping the Holes

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Tap the holes for the arms using the 1/8-27 NPT tap. Remember that pipe thread is tapered so you will need to tap it deep enough that the hose connector screws all the way in. But tapping it too deep will cause it to be loose and potentially strip the threads on the hose connector. Also remember to keep the tap perpendicular to the base.

I don't have a tap handle large enough for the 1/8-27 NPT tap so I used one of my sockets designed to hold taps.

If your base is metal, I recommend using thread cutting oil or any lubricant like WD-40 that you may have on hand. I use Tap-Magic thread cutting oil.

Step 5: Building the Base - Surface Finish

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Now that the holes are drilled and tapped you can smooth the surfaces and round the corners using sand paper. I started with 80 grit, then used 220 grit and finished it off with coarse Scotch Brite. The Scotch Brite gives it a nice satin finish.

Step 6: Building the Hands

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Remove the red and black covers from the banana plugs and discard. We only need the metal parts. Using the 6-32 tap start threading the 90 degree nozzle. The banana plug threads aren't actually 6-32 but are close enough and provide a nice tight fit. Once the banana plugs are installed you can just slide the alligator clips onto the banana plugs.

The alligator clips work pretty well as is, but they do have a tendency to rotate when holding longer or heavier items. In the next step I'll show you how to improve them.

Step 7: Improving the Hands - Optional

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As I said in the previous step, the hands have a tendency to rotate on the banana plugs. While this is a feature I wanted, the ease at which they rotated was a problem in some situations. This is in part due to the alligator clips expanding when installed. You can see the gap in the picture below. To fix this I came up with a couple solutions. You can certainly skip this step and be happy with the results but doing this will make it a lot easier to use.

Metal Sleeve:
I had some stainless steel tubing sitting around that was the perfect size. OD:1/4" ID ~3/16" (0.192"). I cut a 3/8" long section of tubing and using a hammer, lightly tapped the alligator clip into the sleeve. This is the best fix in my opinion.

Wrapping with wire.
I found some thin solid core wire, wrapped it around the clip and soldered it in place. This is the easiest and cheapest solution to the problem.

Step 8: Assembling the Arms

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Unless you bought the assembly pliers($23) when you ordered the coolant hose parts, assembling the arms can be a little tricky. I didn't buy it, but here is how I figured out how to put them together with ease. Slide the parts you want to join onto a #2 Phillips screwdriver. This will keep everything aligned and all it takes is a sharp tap to get the parts to snap together. Just hold onto the hose and tap it on the work surface in the direction of the part you want to attach.

Although theses pictures show 10, I found that about 7 hose segments per arm to be about the right length. Of course that is my preference and you can use as many as you want.

Step 9: Finishing It Up.

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Now all you need to do is thread the arm assemblies into the base and you're done!

Next I'll show you some of the attachments I've made.

Step 10: Attachments - Circuit Board Holder

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The circuit board holder has been one of the best attachments I've made for the third hand. I've used it to hold boards as small as an inch wide all the way up to ~8 inches wide.

Making these might be beyond the capabilities of most people because of the tools needed.

I used two pieces of 1/2 x 1/4" aluminum** each about 2.5" long. In the end of each I drilled a 5/32" hole around 3/4" deep. You could do that with a hand drill and a vice but there isn't a lot of room for error. A drill press or a mill would be best.

To make the slot I used a slitting saw in my mill. The slot is a little over 1/16" wide and 1/8" deep running the entire length of the rail. I suppose you could do this with a hack saw or dremel, but it would be difficult and I suspect the results would be pretty rough.

** - Next time I would make them out of Delrin or other plastic since many circuit boards have components and traces right up to the edge of the board and could be shorted by the aluminum.

Update - Below is a picture of the circuit board holder made out of black Delrin plastic. These were a bit easier to make since I was able to use a 1/16" end mill instead of the slitting saw.

Step 11: Attachments - Fume Extraction Fan

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I made an extraction fan using an old CPU cooling fan, a bit of filter material, another 1/8" 90 degree nozzle and a couple screws. All stuff I had lying around the house.

For the filter I cut a piece of white scotch bright to the shape of the fan and attached one corner with a screw. The opposite corner I used a long screw to go through the fan and filter into the nozzle. Connect it to a twelve volt source and solder without having fumes in your face.

In my next version I plan to add white LEDs to provide extra light in addition to the extraction functionality.

Step 12: Attachments - LCD Mount

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I made this mount to hold a graphics LCD a while back when I was playing with a BASIC STAMP II.

I used a mill to build this, but I'm sure it can be done with hand tools.

I milled the black bracket out of delrin plastic, drilled and tapped the appropriate holes and screwed it to a large straight nozzle. I'm not going to get into the details as it is fairly self explanatory and not everyone is going to have the same LCD. I mostly wanted to show you the variety of attachments that can be made for the helping hands.

Step 13: Attachments - Clamp

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This clamp can be used to hold larger items than what will fit in the alligator clips.

All I did to make this was to remove the bolt at the end of the clamp and replaced it with one twice as long. Then I screwed it into a straight nozzle that I had drilled and tapped to a M3-0.5 thread.

This version can hold about 10oz. before it starts to pivot. However if you drilled a couple holes in the bar near the stationary end of the clamp and attached it to a 90 degree spray bar nozzle with two screws it could probably hold a few pounds.

UPDATE: I've made the improved clamp arm and it holds about 2.2lbs. I used a right angle adapter to make positioning the clamp easier. #4-40 screws thread right into the spray bar nozzle without having to tap them. However, drilling through the hardened metal bar of the clamp took some effort.

Step 14: Other Attachments and Ideas

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When I made the first version, which I've used for years, I was concerned with ESD and so I soldered a wire to the banana plug which ran inside the arm and was grounded to the base. I also drilled holes in the front and back so I could plug in a static wrist strap in the front and in the back, connect it to the static ground at the workbench. I probably should have soldered in a 1M ohm resistor to the wire going to each hand for more protection.

Powered Hands
I've also thought about adding binding posts to the base and wires going up to the banana plugs so that voltage can be applied to the hands for powering circuits or loads being held by the alligator clips.

The down side to the above ideas is that the left and right hands are wired to the base so changing attachments, that requires a nozzle change, means you have to disconnect the wire. However, most of the attachments I made that require a nozzle change are primarily used on the center arm. The alligator clip hands and the circuit board holder just slide onto the banana plugs so no nozzle change is required.

DMM/O-Scope Probe
I am also working on an attachment to hold voltmeter leads or an O-scope probe. I always seem to run out of hands when measuring signals on a circuit board.

Magnifying Glass
Although I never used the magnifying glass on the old helping hands I had, I'm sure many people would use one. It would be easy to adapt one to use on the center arm.

LED Light
A little extra light would be helpful as well. I plan to combine the extraction fan and an LED light.

Small Parts Tray
Below is a picture of a base that I made for a friend that has a pair of parts trays milled into the aluminum. Also below is a picture of a 4 armed version that I made for an instructables member with 3 pockets milled into the base.

Other thoughts
There are a ton of different nozzles and connectors available for the coolant hose systems. I'm sure there is no end of attachments and accessories that can be made for this third hand.


btaylor34 made it! (author)2016-05-08

This is just a simple addition you can make using a cheapo Harbor Freight Third Hand for it's parts (around $7.90 with coupon), First take a 1/4" countersunk screw and reduce the head size so it fits in a flexible tubing piece (I used a grinding wheel and cut-off wheel), you might be wise to start with a long screw then cut it off to 1 1/4" just to have something to hold for safety reasons. Next snap the flexible tubing piece back onto the arm.....slide the magnifying glass over the bolt and use a nut along with the locking knob on the magnifying glass to tighten everything up. For the iron holder I took a 1/2" 20 bolt (that's the thread on my third hand) I drilled a 9/64" hole through the bolt, slide the iron holder into the hole and tighten the bolt down, that will lock it in place. The larger soldering iron holder needs a 3/32" hole....this is just a common holder you see on cheap third hands.

mistermagoo (author)btaylor342017-01-04

Hi, what is the metal plate that you use for the base?

btaylor34 (author)mistermagoo2017-01-05

It's actually not metal, it's a high PSI stone, about 4x that of cement so it's super hard and smooth.....that's why it paints up good. Thanks!

ClydeS (author)2016-12-10

You have to add a piece of 1/2" copper pipe to the 1/2" male adapter. It just slides inside the adapter. You could glue it in but it would be better to solder it

ClydeS (author)2015-01-22

Perfect! I was soooooo tired of using crappy third hands for soldering. This is just perfect.

I modified mine so that each arm is on a freestanding base instead of a fixed station. This provides much greater flexibility for the sort of soldering that I do -- jewelry mainly.

The base is made of a 1/2" cast iron floor plate, a 1/2" male adapter (copper plumbing fitting) and a 1/2" connector. I removed the "valve" piece on one end of the tube and inserted that into the connector/base along with some glue. Then inserted and glued alligator clips to the other end. I also filed down the teeth on the alligator clips so as to not mar the soft metals that I work with.

I made four of these with two being half the size of the other two, again for greater flexibility.

Dsdude (author)ClydeS2016-12-10

I know your comment is two years old but any chance you have some links for the different parts you used? I like the idea of each arm being free.

ClydeS (author)Dsdude2016-12-10


Sure. Here's a few links

Flange plates

Male adapter

I'm guessing you can figure out the other parts

mrtiger2016 (author)2016-11-14

Another variation of this by using the premise circuit board holder plus the flexi pipes and alligator clips some hookup wire you can really upgrade it nicely.

Thrasha made it! (author)2016-02-12

Here are the parts I used to make mine with a magnet to hold the soldering station in place to a metal surface. I normally work around metal equipment so this works great for me.

Loc-Line Coolant Hose Magnetic Base Manifold Kit, 12 Piece, 1/4" Hose ID

IRWIN Tools QUICK-GRIP One-Hand Micro Bar Clamp, 4 1/2-inch (53006)

Test Plugs & Test Jacks 6/32 STUD UNINS PLUG BU-00241 (5 pieces)

Mueller Electric 010025 set of 6 BU-60S Alligator Clips with Screw

Loc-Line Coolant Hose Assembly Pliers, for 1/4" Coolant Hose System

Loc-Line Coolant Hose Component, Acetal Copolymer, 90 Degree Nozzle, 1/8" Diameter, 1/4" Hose ID (Pack of 4)

Loc-Line Coolant Hose Component, Acetal Copolymer, Connector, 1/4" Hose ID, 1/4" NPT (Pack of 4)

Loc-Line Coolant Hose Flared Tubing Replacement Kit, Acetal Copolymer, 21 Pieces, 1/4" Hose ID

Hope this helps you build your own. Let me know if you have any questions.

JeffW99 (author)Thrasha2016-03-12

@Thrasha ... that list is >$150. I like to do things right, but darn!

On the other hand, there is nothing inexpensive about any variation of the these snappable segmented twisty things.

basha2 (author)JeffW992016-04-23

actually, you can get some for aound 5$ if you buy these used:

Not used they are equally cheap

DamianP3 (author)2016-04-21

Awesome idea, but what can I use instead of the coolant hoses? Because in my country they're not cheap nor easy to find. Thanks!

basha2 (author)DamianP32016-04-23

you could probably get a ton of wire and coil it around itself, then cover it in heatshrink. You could also use plain larger gauge wire. This is also a way to ground the clips.

Archy (author)2013-04-22

I'm building the same thing, with the magnet fittings from locline instead of tapping my steel block.
However, since I'm using a 14x14"x1/4" steel panel as a workspace as well, I'd like to coat it so it's not a bare metal surface that is a) conductive b) hard (dropping delicate components) c) slick (said components rolling off, and if unbroken before, broken upon falling off the surface).
I've put a fair amount of time into googling things like "rubber metal coat", "coating metal vinyl", etc. But the best I've come up with is plastidip. It seems that plastidip is really susceptible to sharp edges, which concerns me, as removing the magnetic mounts will probably require me to leverage them against their edges.
I need a durable, soft/rubbery coating for steel.
So, any ideas for what I'm looking for, or how I can search better?

BjörnP2 (author)Archy2016-04-13

Have a search on ebay for Silicone Oven Sheet or "Silicone Baking Mat" or similar combinations, there should be heat tolerant silicone sheets in different shapes, colors and sizes for around $2US incl. shipping.

I have not tried them for this purpose (but for their intended) and seeing they are insulating, heat tolerant and not very slippery, they may be ideal. Not sure if they are ESD safe though.

Liamthe1st (author)Archy2014-11-05

I do a little out of the box thinking Children's mats made from recycled rubber type material sold in Aldi and Lidel stores in the EU and UK of course.

I have them on my Garage workshop floor and on my work bench, nothing has ever broken these mats lock together like a jigsaw. anti slip too not sure about anti satic?

ChrisP74 made it! (author)2016-03-02

Awesome work! I saw this a while back and it inspired me to emulate your results. Mine's not quite as fancy, but I'm proud of it nonetheless. I used an MDF base and cheap tripod leg segments in place of snap flow hose.

I put a full writeup on my blog:

AndrewB52 (author)2016-02-10

The original idea which is now quite some time ago is very imaginative. I am in the process of trying to make my own improvements. For one thing, I wanted something that was in and of itself heavy, that did not need to be clamped. So, I am working with 2 separate prototypes, one that is 3/8" steel plate 10 X 12 and the other smaller 1/2" measuring 6 X 8. As you would imagine, they are both heavy. There is a magnetic mount one can get from but it is rather expensive. I am trying various neo magnets covered in rubber, plasti-dip or paint. I wondered what would be the best cover for the metal. Each has a plasti-dip rubber base preventing them from slipping on any surface or potentially to be use for the magnets which hold the hose. The challenge has been finding a surface that will be durable and will not scratch or dent from the magnets which are strong. I have tried automotive undercoat...not so hot. Now trying an automotive high temperature paint as well as a truck bed cover aerosol. The latter has been problematic because it takes forever to dry. The high temperature paint is curing. Yes, I know this sounds a bit over the top, but I want it to look nice as well as function well. I purchased the standard Loc-Line because it is better made, that is more stiff than the knock off. I am going to use both alligator clips and reverse tweezers. I am trying to design this so you can change them.

What I have not decided is whether or not to include a bright LED. My question is whether or not people prefer that or prefer to use a headlamp when they work. I welcome any thoughts. I will post images when the project is completed.

rubing (author)2016-01-31

Now being copied and "kickstarted"

After already been sold for a while at:

Odonata (author)2016-01-25

This is a classic. I finally got around to making one. I made my workstation from wood and drilled holes to mount the arms (via 3-way junctions, machine screws, and hex nuts.) This way the arms can spin.

Mounting the attachments to the loc line was an issue because I didn't have nozzles handy. I also wanted more flexibility. So I hotglued 8-32 nylon thumbscrews like the ones here below into the links.

Hot glue bonds well to nylon and I hope to the plastic of the loc line. Time will tell, but it seems really solid. I like this solution because I can mount anything that fits onto an 8-32 screw with an acorn nut, hex nut, or even a decorative filial (pictured). Thanks again for the idea!

Drakemoore (author)2016-01-03

Curious, what's the rough weight that a set of three of those hose hands can handle without getting wobbly / sagging?

Nachimir made it! (author)2015-12-01

Thanks rstraugh! I was similarly annoyed, and thought there'd probably be something better here :)

Dt.Serkan made it! (author)2015-10-14

Here I made with a little modification. Thanks for the instructions.

markmoran made it! (author)2015-08-21

This Instructable is almost 8 years old, yet it is still one of my all-time favorites. A few months ago I made the base (cutting a block of aluminum on a mini-bandsaw and then drilling and tapping the holes). I tried using the SparkFun arms because they are so inexpensive, but I found them far too long and flimsy. I finally got actual LocTite coolant hoses with the 90 degree connectors and made the hands exactly as Ryan described. They cost more and took some effort - mostly in finding threaded banana plugs - but the final result is much stronger and better in my opinion than the SparkFun arms.

uspatriota (author)2014-10-19

here is my spin on your idea...I mounted it to a lazy susan apparatus

mohamedmohiy (author)uspatriota2015-07-18

it is good idea, i like it

MoonshineSG made it! (author)2015-06-18

Three hands, two with plastic clamps and one reverse tweezers on a bamboo cutting board with soldering silicon mat.

As I have a second Y fitting I might add a smoke extractor later...

Thanks for a great idea!!

JGUZMANO (author)2015-06-08

Thanks for sharing, great Instructable. Very useful. I'll post pics of mine when finished.

colinj (author)2015-04-24

This is a great instructable and a brilliant tool! Kudos!

I too bought the SparkFun version as I don't have the tools to make one of these and I saw that Ryan gets something back from each purchase.

I did want more arms and larger alligator clips than what SparkFun provided I got some extra arms and then headed out to get some banana plugs and clips. Since I didn't have a proper tap for the nozzle/banana clip attachment I went the route of heating up the threads on the banana clip with my heat gun. Once I got the metal warm enough to soften the plastic I was able to screw the banana plug in to the nozzle.

neo_xnitro (author)2015-04-12

Very nice support, i love it

RJBurton made it! (author)2015-02-01

Awesome idea! I cheated and bought the kit from SparkFun, mainly because the machine tools would of cost me more $$. However, the customizing is always the most fun, so I sprayed mine with high-temp grill/oven paint, added a third arm onto which I mounted an LED light magnifier from a now-redundant Harbor Freight third hand, and replaced the tiny alligator clips (worst invention ever) with some fine tip reverse tweezers. I love it! Thanks rstraugh!

markmoran (author)RJBurton2015-03-14

Looks great, RJ! Where did you get the reverse tweezers? I bought the hose kit from SparkFun (since they are half the cost of anywhere else), but decided to make the base as Ryan did here. I didn't realize until too late that the SparkFun base and hoses are 1/2-20 threaded rather than 1/8-27 NPT threads! So now I need to either enlarge my base holes and tap them for 1/2-20 or order new hose adapters. Another big difference I see between the kit and this Instructable is the length and connector style.The SparkFun version has hoses that are 20 connectors each with straight nozzles whereas Ryan suggests 7 and then using 90 degree nozzles, which of course would make it much harder to screw in. Which I'm guessing is why Ryan used banana plus and then squeezed them tight. But I'm curious whether you find the SparkFun arms too long?

jconley5 (author)2014-12-24

I accidentally bought wide nozzles and too cheap too buy new ones. Anyone have an idea how to still use them? I'm thinking of heading up the banana plug and just melting it in, good idea?

RJBurton (author)jconley52015-02-02

By wide nozzles, do you mean 3/4"? If yes, then you should only need to adjust the size/length/head width of the screws holding the clips and you should be golden. If you ended up with 2.5" tubes, I'm not sure that would work at all for a third hand, but you can use it to make a bench vacuum system for dust removal.

Azeunkn0wn (author)2015-01-17

awesome.. materials aren't available in local stores, even
where can I buy one of your work? :D

EthanJi (author)2014-12-19

very nice project. awesome!!

emkdas (author)2014-11-14

awesome one.

TomFromLSUMC (author)2014-11-13

Grainger should have them.

volto (author)2014-11-07

Awesome project. There is a commercially available helping hand tool on amazon for $50 but I'd rather build one myself like you did. One concern I have is with melting, have you had any problems with the arms melting where the alligator clips are attached from soldering heat? Thanks!

Boaticus (author)2011-07-05

Great instructable! I made the 4-armed part tray version. Also added a sheet of 1/16th thickness neoprene rubber to the bottom for more traction and less scuffs on the work bench.

buhari444 (author)Boaticus2012-08-22

hey whats the total expensive for this project .........

Liamthe1st (author)buhari4442014-11-05

£60.00 UK but I did not have to do any work. So this is expensive.

If companies sell this as a product they should include instructions. Mine did not. That is why I decided to buy the tool. So I never need to depend on others to include how to take off the ends to insert the clips. Cement blocks instead of metal seems to be a saving. However I had the plate included.

£14.29 for pliers is cheap for ease of use.

bwdidwhat (author)Boaticus2011-12-08

You did an amazing job on that. Just saying.

zeremy (author)Boaticus2011-09-24

i really have to have one of those trays

con-f-use (author)2013-10-06

Does anyone know a source for 1/8" snap flow / loc-line in the EU? I'd even be content with an online-shop that ships to the EU. Its really impossible to get the small hoses where I live.

Liamthe1st (author)con-f-use2014-11-05

rs-components corby uk starter kits and pliers

Liamthe1st (author)2014-11-05

Hello this may be useful to UK members. I just bought the modular pliers and a starter kit From RS components in the UK total cost £32.81.

I had bought the original spark-fun set from with no instructions on taking off the conical ends and fixing the Crocodile Dog clips.

After searching two American web sites and then two Businesses in the UK

I got to a supplier I use a lot who just happened to stock them. Pliers and Tube sets. Shipping included £32.81 compared with £27.99 for the basic set with aluminium plate. No force or pressure using the holes in the base plate needed now. I can see lots being made.

CJA3D made it! (author)2014-10-07

Made a helping hand at home(kind off a remix of the above),with 3D printed parts,Pencils and used batteries .Thanks for great idea..

Here's the link -

lifeinbeats (author)2014-05-21

Just ordered some hoses! Not sure what I'm going to use as a base. In order to keep costs low I'll probably find something somewhere. That's half the fun though.

I haven't got them in the mail yet, so I can't personally testify to their usability, but several of the reviews for this item mention this instructable and these being perfect for it:

They're a lot cheaper than anything else I've found out there too, and appear to use the same size thread. I'll let you know how mine turns out!

NAVET97 made it! (author)2014-05-08

More help!

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