DIY 3rd hand soldering tools

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DIY 3rd hand soldering tools

Post by Nescafe » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:15 pm

Happy Easter everyone :-D

http://www.instructables.com/id/Third-H ... r-electro/

I just place an order for the hose :-D

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Re: DIY 3rd hand soldering tools

Post by JR. » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:53 am

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Here is an old DIY helper I made... I soldered it to a battery clip so that would be heavy enough to keep it steady.

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Re: DIY 3rd hand soldering tools

Post by mediatechnology » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:18 am

I have that same Keystone 9V clip...
I like the "robot arms" made from coolant hose that nescafe linked to.
I might actually order some as well.

When I worked at SSL I got to see a lot of people's shops and the primitive clip-lead thingys were very common.
About as popular were drilled wood blocks to accept XLRs, TRS and RCA plugs.
I never liked using the blocks since most were oriented vertically and I prefer to solder connectors horizontally.
I really don't miss the days of terminating cables and wiring DB-25s.

I've just always used a small Panavise or General Tools vise for connector soldering and have a PC-board soldering vise.
If I didn't have a printed circuit board vise I'd have to have the clip leads.
I can see the "robot arms" with being very useful for that - probably better than the PCB vise.

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Re: DIY 3rd hand soldering tools

Post by Nescafe » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:11 am

The battery base is a good idea, I think that will be heavy enough for base job. I really want some Panavise Jr, but hard to get here in my country, so DIY tools like that is really help. What I use now is widely available third hand that is very frustating to use :(

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