Stop C-clamp Rattle / Mettez fin au cliquetis de vos serre-joints

Comme tout bricoleur je possède et j’utilise plusieurs serre-joints en métal. Ils sont comme une troisième main pour maintenir de petites pièces. Et ils sont sécuritaires. Toutefois, les utiliser sur des outils vibrants amène un inconvénient: Le bruit harcelant de la poignée transversale. Ça sonne un cloche ?

Pour éviter cette nuisance j’enroule une bande élastique lâche en forme de 8  autour de la poignée et de la tige filetée, tel que montré. La poignée glisse encore facilement et le bruit est… parti.

Stop C-clamp Rattle

As every woodworker I own and use several C-clamps. They are like a third hand to hold small parts. And they are safe too. However, using them on vibrating tools raises a drawback: Harassing noise from the cross handle. Does it ring a bell ?

To bypass this nuisance I loosely wrap the handle and the threaded shaft with a rubber band in a figure-8 motion, as shown. The handle still slides easily and the noise is… gone.

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Bon bricolage !

Happy Woodworking !

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8 Responses to Stop C-clamp Rattle / Mettez fin au cliquetis de vos serre-joints

  1. Wally Flower says:

    Rubber bands fall apart after a time in the air and light. Is there an elastic band or thin slice of bicycle tire inner tube we could use? Do you know of an elastic band that doesn’t fall apart like a rubber band? Good idea though. Thank you.

    • Thanks for you input, Wally.

      I don’t see changing rubber bands once in a while as an issue. And I use them a lot in my shop and elsewhere in the house.

      Best,

      • Wally Flower says:

        I guess I should have mentioned I use them for things more permanent. Thanks for your efforts.

        • Now I understand, Wally ! I suggest you check with your local stationnary store if such long lasting rubber bands exist. Maybe it does.

          Best,

          • Wally Flower says:

            I had never thought of that. I will and let you know. That would be very helpful. I do know slices of bicycle tire inner-tube last a long time (four years so far). We use them for tires on a rubber-band race car our folks sell as fundraisers for schools and classrooms for student with special needs. You can see them at http://chancefour.sharepoint.com There is a video to show them in action in the lower right hand corner of the home page if you click on the race car. If you would have an idea of how to cut them in a more uniform way, we would be very appreciative. When we use scissors they come out kind of wavy on the edges. Thanks again.

          • Hi Wally,

            I saw the race cars as well as the video. That’s awesome and a good way to raise money for the students !

            My first thought about cutting the inner tube was to freeze them, but I think rubber will keep staying soft. However the following may work: Sandwich and clamp an inner tube lengthwise between to boards, close to one edge, and make saw kerfs at the band saw as you would to for a featherboard. If your saw kerfs are equal and parallel to the edge you should end up with uniform ‘tires’ for your race cars. And your boards should make a long way if you keep using the same saw kerfs for each inner tube. Does it make sense ? Keep me posted as well.

            Best,

            PS: For production work, you may add a continuous hinge on one edge of the two boards to modify your sandwich to a hot-dog, and keep making saw kerfs on the opposite edge, still using clamps to squeeze the inner tube for more refine and square cuts.

  2. diggerjack says:

    Salut serge

    D’accord avec le bruit
    Chez moi j’ai mis du scotch pour le réseau électrique pour bloquer la poignée Chacun son (ses) truc(s).
    Au plaisir

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