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5 Unique Uses for Clothespins

5 Unique Uses for Clothespins
The ordinary clothespin can do a lot more than hold sheets on a dryer line! Here are five of our favorite RC uses for them.

For electric RC pilots, keeping track of battery status at the field can be a challenge. It is easy to lose track of which packs have been discharged and which ones are ready to go. To solve this problem, get some wooden clothespins and paint some of them red and some of them green. When you remove the spent battery pack from an airplane, attach a red pin to its lead. When you have recharged the battery pack, remove the red clothespin and replace it with a green clothespin. You’ll never install a dead battery again.

It can be tough to securely clamp a shallow-angle glue joint. To make a clamp that won’t shift, cut off the ends of a standard clothespin’s jaws (where the taper ends). Through each end, drill a small hole just big enough to seat a pin, tack, or small nail. Position the pins approximately 1/8 inch to the inside of the clothespin’s pegs. When you clamp the clothespin onto the joint, the pins will bite into the wood and prevent the clamp from shifting as the glue dries.



Here’s a great little soldering caddy that’s made from a wooden box such as the ones once used for candies or cigars. I take the box (it can have either a hinged or sliding lid) and mount several clothespins around the top. Next, to prevent splintering, I pre-drill a hole in the base of each clothespin and then screw it to the top of the box in any arrangement that fits my needs. The one shown will accommodate different soldering situations, and the screw in each clothespin lets me reposition or easily replace the pin. The box can also store your soldering iron, heat sink and solder.



When you soak brushes in thinner, try using a clothespin to grip the paintbrush, then rest it on the edge of a small jar, so the bristles hang clear of the bottom. This will prevent the bristles from bending and getting damaged from the sediment in the bottom of the jar.



In the past, I have been plagued by broken servo gears caused when I’ve bumped the control surface against a hard object while carrying the airplane. So, I took a clue from the full-sized aircraft control surface arrestors and made a model version out of plastic clothespins and some self-adhesive neoprene weather stripping. Two short neoprene strips are taped to the inside of the clothespin jaws. Now just clamp them to the control surface and any solid part of that surface to prevent that surface from moving.


Updated: May 24, 2016 — 9:55 AM


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  1. I clip a clothespin on the prop as soon as I refuel the plane (usually just after I land) as a reminder that the tank is full

  2. I hate to be a complainer but who? really who has clothespins at there home? I think I was 8 year old when I last saw one! (that’s more years than you can count on your toes and fingers twice!)

    1. Unless you are in a third world country, clothespins are available in most every grocery store in town. You can even find them in some hardware stores. I still use them to hold chip bags closed to keep them fresh.

    2. Any hardware store has cards of the spring type clothes pins as pictured. I have about a hundred in a cloth bag in my shop. They are pretty cheap,
      as I remember.

    3. There are two types of wooden clothes pins, the cheap not worth buying from Walmart, and the heavy duty ones that cost more. I suggest the heavy duty spring ones like Grandma used to buy that are available elsewhere.

  3. btw Debra is very cute!

  4. Robert, I don’t know anyone who does not have clothes pegs. How do you keep your washing on the line???

  5. I buy them just for use in the shop. I really liked the idea of the small box with the sliding top used for a soldering jig and it is a handy place to store the cloths pins.

  6. btw Robert, when I was 8, I could easily count to several thousand. 1000, 2000, 3000…..7000. Hi hi!

  7. Clothespins are kept in the bedroom… At least that is where my girlfriend wants them, Right by the bed. I won’t say what we do with them. You can get the plastic ones from Harbor Freight which are black with a nice spring…. At least until the Donald enters the White House…. Then all China products and Harbor Freight is doomed.

    Palm Beach, Florida

  8. Robert
    Try your local Dollar Tree or most other “dollar stores”

  9. I use clothes pins & two plastic squares to center my control surfaces. I put one square on top & one square on the bottom of the surface, where it will hold the surface even with the wing, or stabilizers pin it, center my servo(s) and then tighten the control rod. I end up with a perfectly centered control surface every time.

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