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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Default Magnifier & clamps gizmo for fiddly soldering.

    On Sunday 15th, LIDL will be offering this tool in limited quantities as one of their 'specials'.

    I have a similar item. For some soldering jobs they are indispensable.

    https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Non-Food-O...articleId=7008

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    got one of those. not bad bit of kit
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    Bought a similar thing from E-Bay for not much inc postage from China. It's OK but the little wing nuts can't be done up tightly enough to stop it slipping. That Lidl one, though, looks a lot more substantial and better made. If only we had a Lidl nearby.

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    Thanks for the heads up I got one and it's just what I need.
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    I have found this Circuit Board Clamping kit great for soldering and de-soldering

    http://www.robotshop.com/uk/circuit-...BoCwKQQAvD_BwE


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    I've one that came with my iron. I scoffed when I saw it but as I've the occasional yips it comes in very handy.

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    In case people are looking for these in general, they are known as "Helping Hands".
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    A good pair of helping hands like geoff posted is really useful for holding stuff steady when soldering, terminating an RCA phono plug is a prime example

    Here is another pair that look useful
    http://toolguyd.com/third-hands-soldering-station/
    not cheap but nice
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074HB8Y3Y...detail_3?psc=1

    Alan
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