You often need more hands for jobs with your multimeter than the normal body is equipped with, if you are an insect or octopus, or do not use a meter much, then this instructable will be unneeded by you, if you are human and do much electronics work, I think it will help you out.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

  • Scraps of hardwood
  • Bit of metal sheet ( copper or brass is particularly nice ) or piece of un-etched circuit board
  • Set of binding posts
  • 2 alligator clips
  • Ribbon cable connector from an old computer
  • Bits of wire

  • Hot glue gun
  • Saw and drill
  • Soldering iron

<p>Great Hand! I like!</p>
Very cool, I will try to make something like this! It would be even better if the clips could pivot like a classic 3rd hand so you could measure weird-sized components, and still solder with it and stuff.
Standard clips will plug into a banana plug so you could mount then and then plug into them with the clips. If the clips were mounted on stiff copper wire ( as in my instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Precision-LED-Task-Light/ ) they would be fully flexible. You could, of course have both types on the board. I wanted the clips to be firmly mounted so I could just press on one side to open them.
<p>Awesome, Looks like a really good idea!</p>
<p>Hey guys, does this &quot;third hand&quot; measure capacitors &amp; coils? Thank u so much in advance for your help =)</p>
<p>Sure. </p>
Thanks for the concept. I made one (slightly different) and it is very handy for the workbench. I used a small project box and didn't include the flat copper part. Just didn't think I would ever utilize that.
<p>The &quot;front&quot; is where you press in your components, the back has small pins conneecting to the front, this is where you solder the connections together.</p>
Great idea, do the wires come out of both sides of the protoboard?
great idea,but don't use'computer ribbon cable'.use mini breadboard instead,the computer ribbon cable pins is extremely difficult to do soldering,you may also hammer flat the crocodile clip's long legs then screw them on the wooden board to make them fixed there.
I lightly sanded with 600 grit wet or dry paper and used extra flux. Soldering went well, might be good luck on the cable I happened to pick up.
At last! A solution for my wobbly hands and prongs :D <br> <br>&lt;3 your ible
very slick I think I'll make a few for my classroom
Nicely done. I'll be making one, but I think that I'll just cut off the ends of the multimeter's wires, and attach the alligator clamps. <br> Thanks
you can add a small metal tube or pin jack to the clips and then just plug into the clips
I find it useful to have a variety of different test leads. I actually use probe point leads the least in fact. I have the alligator clips that plug onto the ends of probe leads but they're pretty clumsy compared to just alligator clips at the end of leads. Mini grabbers and micro-clips are handy to have too. I put light whip ends on probes with micro-clips though. Because regular probe lead wire is too thick.
Good idea, thanks for sharing.
I've put a test lead into my third hand device myself. I'll do that if I'm testing a lot of components to sort them.
Great idea, might have to make one like it.

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