thanks for the suggestion chellie,
i have and use that hand helper,got it at harbor freight. i do like getting odds and ends at HF. the alligator clips need replacing do to my over tightening the thumb screws. i'll fix that by filling the wire crimp area of the clips with solder to make them solid.
i have a 60 watt Weller that works great but the tip need replacing and always turns black after each solder. the sponge doesn't seem to work cleaning the tip.
4 more batteries to do and another 1 1/2 hrs of soldering. when i think of the guys here who made a living doing this kind of work soldering.....a few minute's per connector