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    ...and the two probes with only two hands? Am I the only one who has this problem?

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    Mine has an elastic strap on it so it rides on the wrist.
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    If your meter doesn't have a loop sling, make one for it. Use one or more of the ever present woodworking spring clamps to hold the sling to something at a position you can see. Some slip on protective covers have a flip out stand to allow the meter to stand by itself. I also fit alligator clips to the probes to allow them to clip on to terminals when that is appropriate. Probes can be had with miniature spring clips that are very handy for use on small stuff.
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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Couple things.

    One, order a set of long--like 6 or 8 foot --probes. This will help as I will reveal.

    Two, order a set of probes with alligator clips on the ends. That'll free your hands in a lot of situations. Aftermarket kits with a variety of tips are available for 20 bucks.

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    Three, the case for mine ( A Bluepoint--no relation) comes with a fold out, " kickstand" ( which also works as a hook to hang the thing) so that I can prop the case up without needing to lean it against anything. Often, I am "in somewhere" attaching/placing the probes, but the meter is out by my feet on the cockpit or bridge sole. Or hanging on to the steering wheel, a counter fiddle rail, a grab rail, etc. Long leads let this happen. ( Photo below from the web doesn't fully illustrate the hook kickstand, but gives the idea)








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    One word: chopsticks.
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    The Fluke meter has a magnetic case option, just stick it on the vehicle, or engine.
    Wood boat? You need longer leads

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    I lost mine.

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    I will simply lay the MM down somewhere - though I'll admit that can be problematic sometimes.

    I have a fairly new Fluke & have not found affordable alligator clip leads for it. They are a must - but $60 for a pair of leads? Anyone have an affordable source? The various eBay auctions for them make me kinda leery - even though I've bought plenty of stuff there.
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    I have a 75mm magnifying glass that has a sort of sling round your neck and a brace against your lower chest, leaving the lens about 15 cms from your body and your hands free. never tried it with the multimeter but a couple of rubber bands or somesuch should be an easy rig. I bought mine in a specialist embroidery and needlepoint shop in Kensington, Calgary years ago. Never seen one before at the time and thought it was a nifty idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    $15.98 at home depot, klein branded but they fit Fluke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    I like this. Do you know what brand this is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I like this. Do you know what brand this is?
    That will work well for one specific spacing of contacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    you can hold the meter with one probe in the back of the meter and the other probe free in your other hand
    exactly. That's the way I would use it most often.

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    None of you have a wife or girlfriend that will hold the meter and give you the readings.



















    Ha Ha, me either. I made my own alligator clips years ago when I got paid to use wrenches and I made the leads long enough to go from one end of an C-182 to the other.
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    (Unfortunately that one is over $300. But there are others with similar clips.)

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    Hold???? - it just sits on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Hold???? - it just sits on the bench.
    And when you are twisted in half upside down in the engine compartment with no bench or even a horizontal surface in sight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    And when you are twisted in half upside down in the engine compartment with no bench or even a horizontal surface in sight?
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    2 points to Paul.
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    These:
    https://www.banggood.com/DANIU-P5004...xoCwIsQAvD_BwE
    Used to come standard with Avos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corella View Post
    These:
    https://www.banggood.com/DANIU-P5004...xoCwIsQAvD_BwE
    Used to come standard with Avos
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    And when you are twisted in half upside down in the engine compartment with no bench or even a horizontal surface in sight?
    like the fluke..only tape one lead to the meter with electrical tape

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    Mine has an elastic wrist strap and I made a set of leads with alligator clips for small stuff.

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    My fluke 87 has holders on the back for 1 or 2 probes. Meter with probe in one hand and a probe in the other. Most of the time I have an alligator clip on 1 probe, but it depends on what you are trying to do.

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    We got a note from the Council in the letterbox yesterday - stating that our rubbish had been randomly selected for analysis. There were at least three dead multimeters in the rubbish bin this week. I'm having a rather ruthless cleanout.

    Meanwhile...... speaking of leads for multimeters - a mate gave me a leads kit that includes a very thin-ended set of leads. Fantastic (but needing to be handled carefully)... as they get into even the smallest-pin plugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    That will work well for one specific spacing of contacts.

    Jeff
    No silly, remove one probe and have the other secure while holding the meter at the same time...

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    Who's Paul?
    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    2 points to Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Christie View Post
    Who's Paul?
    Pless. Looks like some of his posts are gone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Pless. Looks like some of his posts are gone?
    Yeah - three days worth. Shot across the bow.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I like this. Do you know what brand this is?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Pless. Looks like some of his posts are gone?
    50 posts gone, 20 hours worth
    first time in 15 years and 90,000 posts i've ever been sanctioned as such
    the jibe ho caption contest thread was let's just say. . . .... ill advised
    my apologies to the forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    50 posts gone, 20 hours worth
    first time in 15 years and 90,000 posts i've ever been sanctioned as such
    the jibe ho caption contest thread was let's just say. . . .... ill advised
    my apologies to the forum
    Hell no.... we enjoyed the view, while it lasted
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    50 posts gone, 20 hours worth
    first time in 15 years and 90,000 posts i've ever been sanctioned as such
    the jibe ho caption contest thread was let's just say. . . .... ill advised
    my apologies to the forum
    No worries from me! You post a lot of great stuff & one lapse in judgment is no big deal IMO. Of course my judgment is always perfect.

    Just picked up those leads from Home Despot - thanks for the tip.
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    thank you garrett, you are very kind
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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