This is a trick I used back in my Harley tech days.
Get yourself a length of stout copper wire and a hand full of different size alligator clips. Romex strands work really well, and are pretty cheap.
Cut the wire to different lengths, anywhere from 6" to 12", strip off the first 1/2" of insolation from both ends, then crimp and solder a good quality clip to each end.
These work great for holding loose wires in place for soldering, and for just about any soldering job that requires the part to be held in a certain position. They work really well for inside chassis work, as there are always plenty of places to anchor one end, leaving the other end free.
I've made quite a few out of coat hanger type wire also, for holding heavier items, or for holding wires or parts under tension.
I like to make sure there is tension on wire to eyelet connections for good continuity, especially in hard to reach areas where it's hard to get a tight wire rap on the connection.
They also double as jumpers, plan/schematic holders, or any number of time saving uses.
Twist together as many of these as the job requires. The copper ones are best for that.
Put your imagination to work, and there's no end to the potential uses for these.
Bryan at Spacekat Designs, Unique Musical Instruments
~Will work for parts~
Last edited by dynadude on Feb Sun 07, 2010 10:39 am, edited 1 time in total.