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Old 12-25-2015, 08:26 PM   #21
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Back when I was racing hydroplanes I would turn my gauges in the panel so that all the needles were vertical if everything was normal.
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:26 AM   #22
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Back when I was racing hydroplanes I would turn my gauges in the panel so that all the needles were vertical if everything was normal.

On DC 8s where there were dozens of gauges they would be installed so the normal needle position is parallel with the floor.

Leaning back a scan simply looked for a limp ,,,, (needle) .
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In my opinion (as a ex electronic technician), a digital meter is far better for taking resistance measurements. No worry about "zeroing" the meter, just put the probes on. Most are so sensitive that the manner of connecting the leads to the device to be measured is important. Clips are better than fingers for this.


Also, digital meters load the circuit far less than all but the best analog meters.


Of course for monitoring a changing voltage (audio, for instance), you pretty much need an analog meter or a digital meter with an analog function.


BTW: A digital meter is more apt to pass the drop test than an analog meter.

All good points Wes esp. the " drop test " .... LOL ,
I am too from electrical / electronic background from the 60's, have my Fluke 87 with the DC jaws, Temp. etc. etc. but still prefer my ol' Triplett for routine troubleshooting.

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Alligator clips and wire are your new best friends.

I have one too from my days on the tools ..... but I like it. Yes ! a set of clips is great. The down side of this one is you can't measure DC Amps. It would be nice if you could .....

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I have one too from my days on the tools ..... but I like it. Yes ! a set of clips is great. The down side of this one is you can't measure DC Amps. It would be nice if you could .....

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You can get them that do that too. Mine does.
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