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I want to get started a little with repairing electronics. There are some good books to read online and I've been picking up lots of random knowledge from people I know lately which means it is beginning to look like I could expand in this field. One thing is, my hands are a little bit shaky. What's the best solution to this when you are trying to solder things (other than a beer!) I've seen devices called "helping hands" but they use crocodile clips and look like they may cause damage to components. I've heard there are special clamps people use, what are they?

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Those devices work for some jobs. Basically it comes down to practice. One problem most people new to soldering will make is holding the iron too tight. Another thing is set up some sort of wrist wrest. You can use books or anything but if you can rest your hand/wrist that will also help a lot. Also sometimes resting the tip on your job, the back end may shake but the tip will be steadier. Hope these tips help. Just keep practicing. Practice makes perfect. There are also a ton of videos on youtube that can help you as well.
Thank you and good luck,
Lee

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