Let's talk multi meter testers .

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by dango, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    :DWell I never was around high pressure steam, but can relate!!! As far another man's wife, as a LEO I can attest to that, as I have handled MANY calls where things were out of control for that very reason, and most did not end well!. ;) But motor cycles are very unforgiving, you had better respect them, I know this one from experience:eek:!
     
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  2. Notrighty

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    I’m not an electrician but in the Hvac business I use a multimeter at least once a day. To troubleshoot electrical circuits or confirm the power is off to a panel I’m about to put my hands in. I would agree that unless you are rich you can’t buy the highest quality tools for every job. The meter is the exception. I once used a cheap multimeter to check for voltage on a electric heat sequencer when the meter pretty much blew up in my hand. Test lead burned my fingers flash temporarily blinded me . I may have short circuited it by bumping the wrong wire with the test lead but those things can happen in a congested panel. A Fluke or other high quality meter offers internal protection from such unhappy occurrences.
     
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  3. Notrighty

    Notrighty Active Member

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    I know what your saying “ I only bought the 10 dollar meter to check low voltage circuits and batteries and such”. But then your electric hot water heater breaks down and you say “hey I got a meter” and you find yourself with your hands on a meter checking a connection with enough amperage to fry yourself. Or you can spend maybe 100 bucks and have a decent meter that is safe and reliable.
     
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  4. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    image.jpeg I remember back in my youth , 60s - 70s , all I needed was two tools to just about test and fix anything on my vehicles . A continuity tester and this old gadget . That old gadget would test battery , starter , altinater and any basics needed to trouble shoot just about all problems .
    This old tester is so old and still used , I can't even remember how long ago I bought it !
     
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  5. ellis36

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  6. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yep , I've seen those and they have not changed at all . Mine has a toggle switch , that red button must be the load test . On mine , you hold the toggle over for I think 10 seconds and if the needles still in the green , good to go .

    I remember paying like $50 for mine 100 years ago ....:confused: This was way before cell phones were out .
     
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  7. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Broke down and bought a multi meter made by some "CHING-WAY" company (WUN-HUNG-LOE) or something like that on sale off E-Bay for $36 .

    All kinds of doo-hickies on it with pretty colors and all , did I do good ? o_O
     
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  8. woodlander

    woodlander Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I think we'd all like to see a picture. The odds are it will work fine. I have a Chinese meter that I bought at the local hardware store for about $20. This was a few years ago. I intended to treat it as a throwaway but, years later, I am still using it and it works fine. It is actually very accurate - I have tested it against meters that have been calibrated. I still intend to buy a Fluke someday. I love quality tools, but, sometimes you have to be pragmatic about it.
     
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  9. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I won't get it until the 27th . Will send a pic then .
     
  10. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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  11. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I could a dumped the wife and got a Harley also .....:p .......I ain't. To bright ....? :D
     
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  12. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    :D:p:cool:
     
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