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Whats your favorite fancy tester

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#21 DurhamAppliance

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:29 AM

Just did a quick video on some Non contact voltage testers.... Youtube is processing it now and it should be live in a moment or so.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:41 AM

here is the video http://appliantology...tage-detectors/

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:53 AM

Cool. I have the Fluke version of that tester. It isn't adjustable like that greenlee. I never really used it much. That was mainly due to my bag being a huge mess from rushing around so much.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:39 PM

My favorite tester is the two finger tester. I just lick the tips of my fingers and gently place them across two wires. Then I know if there is power :)

I do have a funny story about someone testing power with their fingers on accident. When I was in tech school for my job in the military. We had this guy named Evan. Well one day we were learning how to test a MD4 generator. Ole Evan couldn't quite steady the meter lead on the terminal, so he readjusts his grip while saying let me steady it. Poor Evan got zapped haha. When he went to steady it he moved his fingers onto the metal point of the meter probe :) The best part is we got stationed at the same base, and I told everyone the story. He didn't find it as funny as I did. Just let me steady it are his famous words.

My favorite tester is my Fluke 116. Tests dc, ac, capacitors, and even has a temperature probe attachment. Plus it has a nice magnet to attach it to the fridge back while I make my tests.

My only Multimeter is the also the Fluke 116.  It's great for checking the differentials of ovens!!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:51 PM

Another tool I can't live without is my Kill-A-Watt.  I don't know if it counts as a 'fancy tester' - but it is very convenient. 

 

http://www.p3interna...ucts/p4400.html

 

Awesome for microwaves and refrigerators.  I can tell immediately if I have a bad HV section on the Microwave or if the compressor is going bad without having to open anything up.  You can also tell if a heating element is coming on without having to take apart the fridge. 

 

Plus - you can get a quick readout on the power at a customer's house.  First tool I pull out 90% of the time!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

one of my favorites also. I always make room for it in my tool bag

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

I have looked at the Kill a Watt myself.Sounds like a great diagnostic tool.I did see a video where the tech used the Kill a Watt to see if the defrost heater was working.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 03:16 AM

you mean this one?




silly me, I should have shown the amperage on the meter after the repair while the limit was bypassed or blasted frozen with an upside down can of compressed air

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:25 AM

Yea that's the video I was talking about. It would have been good to see the amp draw after the repair.Why not do another video sometimes on the Kiil a Watt ?



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

Yea that's the video I was talking about. It would have been good to see the amp draw after the repair.Why not do another video sometimes on the Kiil a Watt ?


okay, but need some input on how you would use it for microwaves.

Edited by DurhamAppliance, 31 January 2014 - 02:35 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:49 PM

Well this appliance book I have says most microwaves pull 15 amps if the mag and all is running. Wouldn't you be able to plug it in the kill a watt and look for an amperage around there.

Edited by BryanS, 31 January 2014 - 02:49 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 05:45 PM

Why not just use an amp prob?  The kind with the swivel end works really good for micro waves and checking deft heaters.  I've made a little extention about a foot long to plug into the wall and then plug in whatever I want the check.  The cord is split to just slip on the amp prob.  Works great for me.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:36 PM

I have a cord like that myself.



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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:15 PM

yeah, they talked about a cord like that to use a kilawatt on a microwave oven during the Basic Electricity class at ASTI. But since I don't repair microwaves, I was passing notes and shooting spitballs during that part of the class.

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