Intro: Super Simple and Cheap Soldering Helping Hand.
First of all, this is my first instructable and my Engilsh is not so good, so i will keep it cleen and simple.
This is a quick to build gadget that can save you lots of nerves, and the best part is there is a great chance you have all those things laying around your house. And its nearly free..
Step 1: What You Need
1 or 2 new/used/scavenged - CROCODILE CLAMPS (if you don`t have one laying around they cost 0.5$)
1 new/used - CERAMIC LIGHT BULB SOCKET (1$ new)
1 used - METAL CLOTHING HANGER (preferably one made of softer metal)
TOOLS - a pair of pliers and soldering iron.. screwdriver..
Step 2: Cutting and Shaping the Metal Clothing Hanger.
For best results use a hanger made from soft material, so you do not need to apply great force to bend it, this will come handy later when you need to adjust(bend) the clamping-hands with great precision.
Using your pliers cut one or several pieces of the hanger in desired length, and bend them for easier soldering in the next step.
Step 3: Soldering the Clamp
*If you use a more advanced soldering iron, adjust your soldering ion temperature to over 400`C for faster soldering. Insert the bar inside the crocodile clamp and tighten the flaps of the clamp with pliers.
Put a piece of soldering tin on the tip of your soldering iron for better heat transfer and preheat the clamps, after the bar starts to heat up, apply solder tin on the joint and heat it until the solder makes a good bonding.
Step 4: Assembly
Place the rod(s) inside the holes designed for wire connection inside the light bulb socket, and tighten the screws until the rods stay study and don`t turn until you turn them by hand....
The ceramic bulb socket`s weight keeps the whole thing balanced, but you can always add weight by filling it with putty/clay/tones or whatever...
Step 5: Enjoy You 5min Build..
The clamp-hands are rotating and can be bend for further adjustments, and they sure work very well...