I'd say ccmulder kept his eyes and ears open and learned a lot. And he didn't try to get by with a cheap POS multimeter, which are often worse than useless, but got himself a Fluke 115. Outstanding.
I had a case recently with a dual capacitor that was good on the fan side and bad on the compressor side, with no deformation. Good thing I've got a Fluke, too - or I might have condemned that compressor.
Yeah--last time I fixed something, I had my old POS multi-tester, which was fine because I only had to test for continuity. But I recalled then some other tests that might be needed if the continuity was OK (fortunately that was the problem replaced the part in the dryer and was good to go) but noted my tester could not do it or do it accurately. So I researched and bought the Fluke on E-bay at a pretty good price (forget now what I paid). But anyway my wife was annoyed saying why don't you buy that when you need it and I told her because when I actually need it, I won't have it and I'd end up going out and buying it and paying a lot more. So that was like 6 months ago and here I needed it pretty quickly. Although she got a kick out of my home made capacitor teasing me about if my multi-tester was so good why did I need to test it with tinfoil and plastic cup! LOL!!! Then, I was going around showing everyone how the new capacitor tested out just fine with my Fluke! I even used the joke, "Hey, this is no Fluke . . . oh wait--it IS A FLUKE!" LOL!!!