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I think I have been using a volt meter too long
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:01:11 PM »
My father repaired Naval ship radar. He used a volt meter for testing everything. Naturally I prefer the basic volt meter as much as anyone here. I find it funny that when you pull into an auto shop or autozone to test your alternator that they have to hook up a fancy machine to tell you if it's putting out 13.2-14 VDC. I mean, why not use a volt meter?  Anyway, I had these really nice MAC self piercing probes I used to test voltage in hard to reach places ( just trace the wires back from the compressor instead of pulling the start relay cover, clip, relay ect).  One by one I have lost those probes. So my question is - drum roll here - does anyone use a non contact voltage tester ( hot stick) and does it work well on small gauge wire?

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Re: I think I have been using a volt meter too long
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 06:01:58 PM »

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Re: I think I have been using a volt meter too long
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 07:25:46 PM »
BINGO ;)

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Re: I think I have been using a volt meter too long
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2014, 12:29:53 AM »
I have a non-contact that  I never use.  It has a sensitivity dial that I cannot figure out.  there is no metric to  it, so I can't tell if it is on high, low, or in between.  If it is on high, it will  sound for almost anything, and if it is low, it won't sound for 240.  I figure I'd rather do it the hard way than get zapped.

Maybe I should try another model.

 

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