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Though I have no qualms about mouthing a piece of leaded solder, and that's the stuff I use, I just use a "Helping Hands": a metal base holding a structure with a pair of alligator clips (and even has a magnifying glass mounted on it). This holds the pieces to be soldered in perfect position, so then you have one hand for the solder, and the other for the iron.


You can pick up one of these over-the-counter in one of several electronics shops in Vancouver for as little as eight dollars Canadian.

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