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There’s got to be a better way...

By undrdog

5 months ago

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    #1 5 months ago

    It takes two hands to solder. What do folks use to hold the part in place when the wires are too short to set it down?

    There’s got to be a better way than this!

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    #2 5 months ago

    "Honey! Can you come here for a second??"

    #3 5 months ago

    On the other hand, 2 thumbs up for your creativity........

    #4 5 months ago

    Get yourself a Hemostat.
    Harbor Freight sells them as: 5 inch Locking Pliers

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    #5 5 months ago

    Hemos or pliers

    #7 5 months ago

    Not asking about holding wires in place. Methods for holding the unit still and in place when it’s hanging by a short wire.

    #8 5 months ago

    Sometimes I'll loop a spare wire I have laying around to hang a piece off a metal bracket.

    Usually though, for me, I'll make a short wire longer.

    That said, I'm not a purist. YMMV.

    #9 5 months ago

    I use zip ties to hold assemblies in place and then cut them when done. For the wires themselves, you should always have it secured in some way before you apply the solder. For instance on a coil you would strip enough to wrap it around the lug. You should never hold the wire with one hand and the iron with the other unless you have no other choice.

    #10 5 months ago

    I secure the wire with a small alligator clip.

    #11 5 months ago

    I can't even tell what wire you're soldering in the picture. But yeah, what others said.... whatever you can use to take the weight off, I've used scrap wire, wire ties, coat hangers, small C clamps, etc. depends on the situation.

    I thought you might have been doing 2 pieces of wire in that case I'd put the heat shrink on one and bend the stripped parts of the wire into a U shape and hook them together, or do the linesman's splice on the wire.

    People used to hold solder in their mouths for a third hand, but that's not a good idea at all (lead!)

    #12 5 months ago

    This reminds me of that stock picture of someone working on a board at an official workbench without a static mat and holding the iron immediately where the tip screws on.

    Actually your yard stick is a good idea for working on score reels.

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