View Full Version : Simple wire holder for soldiering.

08-30-2013, 01:14 PM
I had to do a bit of soldiering today. I remembered what it was like getting started and trying to get nice tight clean soldier joints. One thing that I found makes it easier for me is a flat washer. Granted the washer I typically use is a fairly large and has it's own base but it's just a washer. I don't twist wires together before soldiering, I use the bypass method ( I'm sure there's a real name for it ) Here is how it works. I tin the wires first (apply soldier uniformly to both wires) then clip one wire to the washer.
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Clip the second wire on aligning it with the wire already clamped .
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a522/sgl54/IMG_0024_zpsea2f1918.jpg (http://s1282.photobucket.com/user/sgl54/media/IMG_0024_zpsea2f1918.jpg.html) I the then heat with just the tip moving it across the wires a couple of times. http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a522/sgl54/IMG_0028_zpsba898bb8.jpg (http://s1282.photobucket.com/user/sgl54/media/IMG_0028_zpsba898bb8.jpg.html) That's it, it make a strong clean soldier joint with out gobs of soldier, which makes it easy to heat shrink with out bulk.

08-30-2013, 08:48 PM

08-31-2013, 01:59 AM
Thanks, I'll make myself one!

08-31-2013, 07:36 AM
Thanks, I'll make myself one!

Your welcome. It is simple and does work well. Although I did add the base ( I can't seem to resist doing these things) it really works fine with just a washer or washer and vise, clothes pin, piece of wood with a groove or ???. I found it easier than one of those third hand nifty deals with built in magnifying glass. I imagine we all have simple tricks to make things easier we take for granted, seemed like a good thing to share.

02-07-2014, 12:03 AM
This is a pretty good idea, especially for someone like me with only one eye and no depth perception up close. (I burn my fingers lots.) My usual method of soldering is a little hit or miss, as I can't tell when the wires are actually side by side. This cuts down the probability of error. Thumbs up!

02-08-2014, 11:49 AM
Excellent, it's simple and straight forward, hope it works well for you.