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"the flimsy salvaged-from-pen type" is exactly what I have used to join my microphone+buttons headset with my trusty headphones. This way I got both great sound and smartphone capabilities. Since the seam is NOT on the connector, it has lasted about a year already. On the connector a longer, sturdier spring should do it. Will post my next attempt!
Extremely useful tip, will try at my next repair!I too have grown tired of headphones and handsfree sets breaking down, 90% of the time exactly there. Useful tip: A small spring around the cable (similar to expensive guitar cables and studio headphones) could help avoid the same damage in the future. Just heat-shrink the cable and then the spring over it, or tie down one end with sugru or hot glue.Combined with your method, I expect my next pair to last forever!
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Great tutorial, well documented and a really pleasant read!I was looking for a replacement for my broken Third Hand (I mostly use them for electronics), and coming across this Instructable gave me a lot of ideas!Thanks you very much!
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Very nicely done, simple and affordable design with great results!I was thinking about a lightbox and I am certainly going with something similar.Thank you!
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