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How to solder with one hand?

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I am a beginner at electronics.

I don't have many tools and stuff, so I am forced to solder by hand.

I don't have a pcb to solder on, so I usually just solder the wires together, but it's really difficult without a holder.

Is there an easier way to do this? If not, is there a substitute for a wire holder?

Any help would be appreciated.

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How about stack some books on top of each other, and nudge one of the components or wires between two book corners.

First put some solder to each wire end. And after that, just heat the wire ends together with the soldering iron. That way you don't need to hold both wires and the soldering tin.

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Solder wire is reasonably stiff. Pull out several inches of solder wire from the roll, set the roll on its side, then bend the solder wire up into a hook shape. You can then use one hand to hold the wires up against the solder and another to hold the iron.


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How to solder with one hand?

up vote 14 down vote

I am a beginner at electronics.

I don't have many tools and stuff, so I am forced to solder by hand.

I don't have a pcb to solder on, so I usually just solder the wires together, but it's really difficult without a holder.

Is there an easier way to do this? If not, is there a substitute for a wire holder?

Any help would be appreciated.


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How about stack some books on top of each other, and nudge one of the components or wires between two book corners.

First put some solder to each wire end. And after that, just heat the wire ends together with the soldering iron. That way you don't need to hold both wires and the soldering tin.

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@GRTech, right, rather difficult to do this with two copies of an eBook :D - PkP Dec 30 '14 at 20:31

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