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Offline Wedgeman55

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What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« on: October 16, 2012, 12:02:20 AM »
       Someone wanted to know about my meter bag and my meters.    I figured I'd just start another topic instead of continuing this in the Meter lead give-away topic.   
 
      Here is a picture of the bag I carry my meters in.    I like to walk in prepared.    I use a camera bag I got on sale for 2.99.   I keep a Fluke VOM,  a Supco VOM,  a Craftsman infrared Temp tester (good for testing items in a refrigerator to see how unit is cooling),  a Small clamp around meter,  one 110V plug in socket tester,  a craftsman 110V plug in that makes it easy to use clamp around and has a 10X feature for measuring small amperages,  a set of Micro test leads,  a temp tester, and a 110V test cord.     I also keep extra fuses for meters,  batteries,  a very small phillips,  several thermal fuses,  and my business cards and magnets.   
 
     Not pictured is my spare bag,  in which I have a large Fluke clamp around,  a Craftsman VOM Temp meter, another Infrared temp tester, a Breaker locater (plug one end in plug, go to fusebox to with tester to locate breaker), A stud finder, a Modular icemaker tester and several sets of new test leads.
 
     What kind of test meters do you other techs use?   
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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 07:36:59 AM »
Hi Wedgemann55 I am the one that was wanting to know about the bag and its contents... very nice set up - you are ready for anything and this saves many,many trips back to the van to get another test instrument!!!! Great idea and I am going to use this idea and save some trips and equally as important is you will appear very professional when you walk in!!!! I like all the extra 110 cords as well, I need to really do this.......

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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2012, 07:40:54 AM »
Nice! You better hope that bag don't grow no legs. I left a hammer and pliers at a house once after having to remove a door to get an ice box inside a house. I remembered and went back to get em about 5 minutes later. Them dudes was already considered five finger discounts by the time I got back there. never saw em again. The old woman there told me her son was by there but he was long gone. And so was my tools.
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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 07:47:18 AM »
Nice, will have to post a photo of mine later.
Your meter with the four square button was the first Fluke meter I ever owned, nice meter.

My IR is also a Craftsman, but a lot older then yours, but its been a work horse and keeps on working.
Tried a Fluke IR once. It was much bigger then my Craftsman and I just found it to bulky. Ended up selling it to one of our forum members and went back to using the Craftsman IR.
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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 12:05:53 PM »
I been used to the fieldpeice, heres picture of it.

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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2012, 08:13:49 PM »
I use a fieldpiece also.  It's a different model.  My ammeter clamp attaches to my basic leads after removing the points.  It has a temp gauge and will check MFD's for capacitors.

It is a nice model, and seems to work really well.

I'm still not sure I'm aware of all the bells & whistles.  It was sold to me as "as good as a fluke" but cheaper.

"Cheaper"  Mmmm...good stuff.


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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2012, 10:34:37 PM »
I keep a couple of extra test cords in the truck for different purposes.     I'll try to shoot a pic of these and send them tomorrow.   
 
I've seen the fieldpiece up at the Electrical supply store.    Looks like a nice meter.   

JW, your right about tools growing legs.    A whole diffferent subject.  But.........I used to have a Milwalkee Hammer drill and a Milwalkee 4 inch cutoff saw.    I was in a not so desireable place in my town,  I set my bag with those 2 by the side door of my van on the sidewalk.   I was parked on the street in front of an apartment building downtown.   I went to the back of my van,  put in my regular tool box and couldn't have been there more than 2 minutes.    By the time I walked back to the side door,  the bag was gone.   I looked twice thinking I had already put it in,  but then it hit me - someone swiped it in that time.    I WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE>  an expensive lesson,   but .................I always keep an eye on things and try to never let them out of my sight.   

Reason I like the fluke  - pretty accurate,  nice all around meter.    I pull out the cheap Supco for simple continuity or voltage tests.    Sometimes,  in tight situations,  I would rather burn out a cheap meter than an expensive one.     I always stop by Sears once a week or so,  and am waiting for several of their meters to go on sale.    I have my eye on this one that is smaller but has a big display.  VOM and temperature.     When it goes on sale for 29.95,  I'm picking it up.   

and, I forgot about my old Amprobe clamp around.   I have had that sucker for at least 25 years,   and it works excellent.   I don't use it much anymore,  but it is in my truck under my drivers seat as a backup in case of emergency.   
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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 04:19:19 PM »
Here are my meters.


The Fluke in the middle is my daily meter. I can check Caps and have a temp probe for it.


The Fluke on the left is my extra/spare meter.


The yellow clamp meter is really old, but I like it. It's a meter I grew up watching my dad use and it was give to my by my father 25 years ago.


The IR Thermometer is also really old. I'm guessing about 15-20 years old.


The Fluke voltage pen I won on Fluke facebook page. Don't use it much, but the price was right. :)


Now I'm really itching to buy a new IR Thermometer, lol...


Let's see some more meter porn guys, post your photos! :D
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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2012, 04:57:46 PM »
Just ordered myself a Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer. After all it was bosses day yesterday and I never got myself anything. :D

I still remember the day I seen my first IR thermometer. My dad had purchased one and I found it to be simply amazing.
Still do find them pretty amazing yet. Much better then sticking a temp probe in something and waiting and waiting and waiting, lol...

Wedgeman55, what model is your Craftsman IR thermometer? About how long have you had it and what do you think of it?
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Re: What's in your bag? What kind of test meters do you have?
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2012, 02:34:45 AM »
I'll check and post model number on craftsman IR.  I know its range top limit is 1000 degrees.   They sell one good up to 1400 degrees,  but I think that's only needed for auto repair.    It's in my truck and I'm ready to hit the sack.    I'll tell you this,  I've had for at least 10 years.   Works great.    I also have a Cen-Tech Ir as a backup.   
 
AJ,  I also have an amprobe stick meter that you can just place against a wire to see voltage.   or amperage.  Bought this about 20 years ago, pretty cool but for some reason I don't use it much.   I found an old Sperry clamparound ampmeter in my garage the other day that's at least 30 years old.   I have a real old amprobe that still works like new.   Somewhere in my garage,  I have a 3 temp probe temp tester I used to use for refrigeration.    Haven't found it yet.    I'll get all of these together soon and post a picture.    I'm a meter junkie.    Over the years,  I have purchased dozens of them,  always looking for something that can do the job better.   
 
Today,  had to check a 5 year old GE topload washer.   The coil was bad on the shifter assembly,  and the micro meter leads from the Radio shack kit come through again.    Fit right into those micro plugs.    Love those little leads!    No Applinace repairman should be without them.    If any of you don't have them,  get them.    Only way to check certain things.     Also,  keep a pack of push-pins in with your meter,  they come in handy too.   
 
I also have a TIFF gas sniffer for testing gas leaks,   and CO for funaces.  (I still do some clean and checks and furnace repairs)    Gas sniffer saves me a lot of time.   Used it last month for a gas leak in stove.   Turns out it had a leak right by one of the burner valves,   and would have been impossible to pinpoint if I didn't have that meter.    I'll post a picture soon.   
 
 
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