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Third Hand++: A multi-use helping hand for electronics and other delicate work.
This is just a simple addition you can make using a cheapo Harbor Freight Third Hand for it's parts (around $7.90 with coupon), First take a 1/4" countersunk screw and reduce the head size so it fits in a flexible tubing piece (I used a grinding wheel and cut-off wheel), you might be wise to start with a long screw then cut it off to 1 1/4" just to have something to hold for safety reasons. Next snap the flexible tubing piece back onto the arm.....slide the magnifying glass over the bolt and use a nut along with the locking knob on the magnifying glass to tighten everything up. For the iron holder I took a 1/2" 20 bolt (that's the thread on my third hand) I drilled a 9/64" hole through the bolt, slide the iron holder into the hole and tighten the bolt down, that will lock it in place. The larger soldering iron holder needs a 3/32" hole....this is just a common holder you see on cheap third hands.
actually, you can get some for aound 5$ if you buy these used: http://www.amazon.com/GTT-GEN09015-Plastic-Flexibl...Not used they are equally cheap
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.
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!
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.
@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.
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:http://chrisparton.net/2016/03/02/a-home-made-pcb-...
Now being copied and "kickstarted" https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/711680980/mi...After already been sold for a while at:http://www.hobbycreek.com
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.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OD0JOA/ref=biss_dp_t_...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!
Curious, what's the rough weight that a set of three of those hose hands can handle without getting wobbly / sagging?
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