A project needed a solid multimeter
that could measure ohms/resistance,
and I realized mine were all glitchy.
Yes a fun yawner!
beater Blue-Point MT145.
It's never worked perfectly,
sometimes doesn't even want to turn on.
severely corroded battery contacts.
That blue stuff grows overnight,
every time I gotta twist the batteries or scrape it.
The big problem is it's basically a voltmeter,
doesn't read resistance for chit.
Sometimes it'll work,
sometimes there's this ear piercing beep.
It just sucks.
I'm not a Snap-On guy anyway,
and I like the analog needle swing.
A Knight Auto Analyzer,
nice and heavy so it doesn't slide around.
I loved it for shop use,
other than the knob being broken.
That little thing sucks to twist,
and I never turned it off.
Who uses D batteries any more?
Have you priced good D batteries lately?
They lasted for years,
maybe a decade.
Even at $1.50/yr it's not a bad deal,
but I'll wait for a cheap swap meet deal...
The problem is this only reads high ohms,
so it's limited for basic use,
although there are many engine features.
a 1980's boxed Simpson 260 series 7.
The 260 model has been made since the 1930's!
Many believe it's the best US analog meter made.
The inventor built the compass for Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis!
and admit to never using it.
One reason is it's in such good condition,
I'd probably drop it.
the real reason is these friggin batteries.
A big D and an old school 9-volt,
yeah the one you used to lick as a kid.
Dang these are expensive now!
Mainly because they come in 2-packs.
eBay helped with the broken leather case.
I'll need to zip tie it or something,
but that's the armor it deserves.
nothing was a surprise,
there was a new object to hunt for.
Sure there are dozens of new cheesy $20 units
but where's the fun in that.
Before buying those batteries,
I found this $7 TMK TW-20S,
that looked like an old solid meter.
but there's no info on this TW model.
Time to crack it open.
This seemed to have heavy duty guts.
What's this burn mark...
A 10k ohm resistor?
WTF is going on here at the dinner table!?
See how multimeters are helping other multimeters?
The $2 resistor was swapped and it works like a charm.
While the resistor was being shipped from China,
I found this Radio Shack unit.
I'd asked earlier and he wanted $4,
then price checked eBay.
A Micronta 22-202u goes for $20-30!
Someone had spilled coffee on it
before I returned.
$1.87 was the change I had in my pocket.
Fits into the toolbox no problem.
Now there are enough multimeters for the house,
shop, a mobile one, and a loaner!