If you have a set of “helping hands” (alligator clips that hold the piece you’re working on, usually with a magnifying glass) you can make soldering wires much easier by having the hands hold a large washer. In addition to holding your wire in place the wires use the washer as a point of stability that will keep the wires from tearing apart if you use a little too much force.
This trick comes from next month’s issue of Family Handyman magazine by way of MAKE zine. Even if you don’t have a pair of helping hands, you can get the same effect by using a washer with two individual alligator clips or binder clips.
Family Handyman | via Make Zine