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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
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Old 4th September 2013, 10:34 PM   #21
sofaspud is offline sofaspud  United States
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I don't have anything fancy. I've used a pair of pliers held closed with a rubber band.
I have a third hand like the one in post #2. I used some rubber tubing slid over the jaws to protect the work from scratches.
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Old 4th September 2013, 10:56 PM   #22
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I also use Panavise, namely this one:

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I bolted it down to a piece of wood and glued a little pieces of rubber mat (actually the thing that's left of those self adhesive little rubber feet after use) on each corner on the underside of the wood piece. Now I can move the vice away when needed, but it won't slide on the table.
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Old 5th September 2013, 04:15 AM   #23
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I found that soldering two wire ends is difficult with bare hands. Nowadays, I wrap a single strand wire on the joint and then solder it.

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Old 5th September 2013, 05:12 AM   #24
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I now wish that third arm wasn't removed at birth.

I do use a small bench vise but the jaw spread isn't usually enough. Normally, I muck around so much it annoys the tripe out of me.

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Old 6th September 2013, 12:05 AM   #25
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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
I'll use a Panavise board holder if I'm desoldering and need to use a soldering iron on one side of the board and a solder sucker on the other side.

A "third hand" is invaluable for soldering connectors. A bead of RTV (silicone) on the cast base stops it from sliding around on the workbench.
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Old 9th September 2013, 07:54 AM   #26
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what do you use to hold the pcb when soldering?
I also use a PCSS2, it works great, though mine could do with new foam.
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Old 9th September 2013, 08:33 AM   #27
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Default alligator clip pcb holder

[QUOTE=mekanoplastik;3617921]I have one just like that, but i always manage to tip it over ..i guess i could add a flat piece of board and glue the base but then, the little clips scratch the boards...i am not really fond of this design. I put short lengths of heat shrink tube over the clip jaws - it stops the scratching, but it doesn't stop the whole thing from tipping over! I think I'll copy your idea and glue a board on he base to increase the footprint.
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Old 12th September 2013, 01:08 AM   #28
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I use painters tape & small steel blocks to hold things in place. I also knock off the back pole piece of blown speakers for weights and knock off the maqnet which holds all the screws when repairing. A good set of reading glassses help. Of course I'm reading this thread to see what everybody else is doing.... I don't have any local soldering buddies...
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Old 12th September 2013, 01:27 AM   #29
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I made a clamp for the TDA3116.

Other surface mount parts are small enough so the board does not need holding.
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Old 12th September 2013, 07:49 PM   #30
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This is my first attempt, still have to improve couple of things..
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