Simple Helping Hands

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Introduction: Simple Helping Hands

Helping hands are designed to hold wires and components in place while you solder them, you can buy good helping hands from the shops quite cheaply but when I made these I was in the middle of a project and didn't want to stop to go to the shops, making things yourself is fun anyway !

The basic principle is two crocodile clips held up in the air.

Steps:
1- Cut a square of wood
2- Drill two holes
3- Screw two large screws through the holes
4- Glue screws in place
5- Duc-tape underneath to stop scratching
6- Solder 2 crocodile clips to the tops of the screws
7- Put electrical tape around the sides because it looks cool :)

Thats it !
They took me about 5 minutes to make and were really useful when i was soldering.


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    20 Discussions

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    doo da do
    doo da do

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Counter sink where the screws are and that should stop from

    making marks on your table. Doodado

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    jwoo2023
    jwoo2023

    9 years ago on Introduction

    instead of wires to hang the clips in the air, i used aluminium foil and rolled it up and then twisted it to make it strong and used that! much more cheaper and easier to find in the house!

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    11 years ago on Introduction

    If the board is thick enough, you could always countersink so the head of the screws are below the surface of the wood - no scratching that way.

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    =SMART=
    =SMART=

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yea i did countersink but i put the tape there just to be sure, i was going to say i countersunk the screw heads but i forgot the word hehe.

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    bluefly1215
    bluefly1215

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     They make a sticky back felt that you could put on the bottom to finish it off. just a thought

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    bassclarinet23

    Nice project. Could prove to be very useful. What's the instructables chat room/ where is it?

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    finnrambo
    finnrambo

    11 years ago on Introduction

    no but its annoying when people clog the forums with random stuff

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    danlab
    danlab

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I had a science teacher who made some like this only he used 12 gauge solid copper wire instead of screws, that way you can adjust the position some.

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Of course, my wife thinks I should soak in the tub for awhile.....mostly she thinks I should soak my head ;-)

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    11 years ago on Introduction

    LOL I wasn't asking, I was just indicating where I will be soon off to ;-)

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    11 years ago on Introduction

    This morning....all I really need is just a shower :-)

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    11 years ago on Introduction

    :-) Now, if I could just get my wife to do this.....she is ALWAYS misplacing things *sigh*

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    Goodhart
    Goodhart

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Many of us do this, it isn't so much memory loss, since there are THREE types of memory: the first and shortest forgets in about 30-90 seconds, and if you don't do something to move it into the more intermediate short term memory, it will go away.

    Try this; which I did to get myself in the habit of paying attention to what I was doing: when I put something important down, I would look at it for a moment, and think in my head it is right there and look at what was around it. After a few times, I started doing it without the mental dialogue and I now rarely misplace things like that anymore. :-) Hope this helps!

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    =SMART=
    =SMART=

    11 years ago on Introduction

    cool :P might catch fire when soldering though :S

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    darknovasoul
    darknovasoul

    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you use some reasonably heavy gauge solid core wire, like 16 AWG or 18 AWG , you can put that in instead of screws and you can have flexible arms for your helping hands device.