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 Post subject: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short leads
PostPosted: Jan Fri 29, 2021 2:16 am 
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To help position the part, and to avoid burning your fingers.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
PostPosted: Jan Fri 29, 2021 2:31 am 
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Made this years ago. I would use it to light the pilot light on my gas water heater. And use it to hold stuff to solder.


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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
PostPosted: Jan Fri 29, 2021 2:57 am 
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I use a hemostat.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
PostPosted: Jan Fri 29, 2021 5:57 am 
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tbone8 wrote:
I use a hemostat.

Same here.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
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I've found the hemostat to be a very handy tool, but not to lock onto a cap or resister. I like the clip on a stick idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
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Hemostats have probably been my most used tool for years (both professional and hobby). There are times when clamping them shut could damage something, so I've used El Cheapo alligator clips on occasion, and putting one on a small rod like N2LXM did could come in handy at times. Certainly cheap enough to make if even for occasional use.

And here's my test lead/alligator tip. Forget those El Cheapo Chinese test leads you buy in a 10 pack (I once had 9 out of 10 read open). I used to make my own using Mueller clips and test lead wire until I ordered some from Parts Candy (advertiser on the right >>>>>>>>>). He's a member of ARF and uses quality Mueller clips and test leads that are soldered. Best part is they only cost pennies more than the ones I make myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
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I use---in order of priority:
Ancient Radio shack spring clip made for the purpose
"normally closed" tweezers
hemostat

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
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I'll also use a wooden clothes pin in certain situations, such as when I want to tin a lead.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
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fifties wrote:
I'll also use a wooden clothes pin in certain situations, such as when I want to tin a lead.


Now THAT'S a great idea.

I use a hemostat sometimes too, but use a clip lead more often.

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 Post subject: Re: Try a clip lead when soldering components with short lea
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If you can clip onto the wire side nearest the joint you can shunt some heat away from the component.
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