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Old Jan 05, 2008, 02:43 PM
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Crap clamps

A while back I posted about what a good deal the spring loaded needle nose clamps I bought from American Science and Supply were. Wrong! They are garbage. Nearly every one has broken at the joint. Lousy plastic or lousy design. Two snapped while sitting in the drawer unused. The way of the world today. Make a quick buck and the hell with the customer.
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Old Jan 05, 2008, 06:35 PM
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Make a quick buck and the hell with the customer.
Designed down to a price, not up to a 'standard'...
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Old Jan 05, 2008, 10:36 PM
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I use a lot of the black spring steel paper clamps that you can buy in many sizes from very small to humumgous.

Used primarily for holding sheafs of paper, they're cheap, and fill a variety of applications.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 12:35 AM
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I know those clamps and the not so long nose ones. I had bought several packages of them years ago. Some of the packages were never used and when I went to use them a bunch of broken clamps.


Broke in the package, some bargain.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 10:12 AM
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Designed down to a price, not up to a 'standard'...
Yeah, too much of that these days---.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 10:14 AM
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though the saying "you get what you pay for" used to be fairly accurate, even high end manufacturers are letting quality slide. now the old saying may not be totally true
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Didn"t you folks ever hear of the spring loaded closepins? I keep a large number of them on hand because they will clamp and hold up to about 1/4". They cost practically nothing.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 01:12 PM
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Clothespins are also great for soldering.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 03:43 PM
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You can get a lot more pinch for your buck with clothes pins if you turn the wood around so the flat, square ends close together.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 03:49 PM
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Didn"t you folks ever hear of the spring loaded closepins? I keep a large number of them on hand because they will clamp and hold up to about 1/4". They cost practically nothing.
and you can get packs of 'Mini' ones from Michaels... in the doll section
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