Handy Tools

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ralph33000, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Ralph33000

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    Folks,

    I have tried several cheaper ways of holding connectors still while soldering to them (and running out of fingers). This is the best I have found so far.

    http://www.exltek.com/Products/Lookup.aspx?ItemNumber=Clip_Sticks_13

    It is pricey but well made. I tallied up what it would cost if I made my own from scratch. This purchase was more viable.
     
  2. jimkeith

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    I think we are in the wrong profession...

    A a place where I used to work, we had a lightweight vise with 2" wide padded jaws, all mounted on a ball type joint that could be oriented in any position and locked in place. Haven't seen one like this anywhere else.
     
  3. Georacer

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    I usually use a heavy bolt and nut to hold the wires in place on my desk.
     
  4. jtrent

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    Pricey is not the word I would use. Highway robbery sounds more like it. I've always used a vise of some kind like jimkeith was describing.
     
  5. gerty

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  6. KJ6EAD

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    I've got a cheap plastic suction base vise with thin aluminum jaw inserts that probably cost $4.00 at Radio Shack in the 70's. The V groove in the jaws holds small circular connectors quite well and the aluminum helps heat sink the body of the connector. I've got helping hands and a fancy Panavise 333 but that cheap RS vise is still best for small connectors.
     
  7. hwy101

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    That's exactly what I been using for years, but the suction cup never worked for me, I attached it to a piece of wood for weight and stability.
     
  8. #12

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    I use spring type clothes pins to hold 2 wires on a piece of cardboard to make them hold still while I solder them. Haven't tried to make a "T" connection yet. I think I'd need 3 clothes pins. ;)
     
  9. Pencil

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    For anybody wanting to make there own.

    LOC-LINE

    Alligator Clips

    I have to admit, I've been using both items for 20+ years
    and never thought to put them together.

    You can also buy just the hose, nozzles, or fittings separately.
     
  10. MrChips

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  11. KJ6EAD

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    You can get a similar product with a lighted magnifier at Harbor Freight for $7.00 but I don't like alligator clips for holding wires. If you get PVC insulation warm while soldering, the clip goes halfway through it.
     
  12. #12

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    Try the wooden, spring type clothes pins. They have notches in them that allow the insulation some room and they don't conduct heat (much).
     
  13. gerty

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    [QUOTEHow about this one? $11.99
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    Two of my students have these, but I like #12s idea with the clothes pins.
    I'll have to make up a couple of these to give them a try.
     
  14. elec_mech

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