Archive for February 15th, 2012

Soldering Third Hand Alligator Clip Improvement

The third hand grabbers I have all put bare alligator clip ferrules in the adjustable sockets with a thumbscrew to secure them. Over time, that thumbscrew crunches the ferrule and makes the clip hard to adjust. This has become enough of an annoyance that I rummaged around in the brass tubing cutoffs to find some that fit into the ferrules:

Alligator clip with brass tube insert

Alligator clip with brass tube insert

Given the sorry state of the ferrules, they required quite a bit of squeezing and shaping until that tube fit inside, but after that they rounded up nicely.

I suppose I should solder the tubes in place, but …