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FREE digital multimeter at Harbor Freight!

Tourmeister

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Daniel called me at work today. He was looking through a flyer that came in the mail. What got his attention was a heat gun for $9 and a free multimeter. He and Beth were in town so they went by and grabbed both for me.
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I’ve already used the heat gun and it works great. Not sure why the meter was free, but whatever :shrug: It works.
 
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Daniel called me at work today. He was looking through a flyer that came in the mail. What got his attention was a heat gun for $9 and a free multimeter. He and Beth were in town so they went by and grabbed both for me.View attachment 229002

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I’ve already used the heat gun and it works great. Not sure why the meter was free, but whatever :shrug: It works.
I've owned one of those heat guns for atleast 4 years, still works fine.

My dad gets the multimeters all the time, he has like 10 of them
 

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I should have put something in the pic of the meter for scale. It is about the size of my iphone 6 (not the big version). It would be easy to carry on a bike.
 
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I'd be curious to see how the multimeter works. I've got a coupon for one as well and wondered if it'd be worth picking one up for my saddlebag tool kit.
 

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Just used my heat gun for shrink tubing on bike wiring moving turn signals. Think Shrink.( srink in Texanese) I can't believe spell ceck told me it had an "h" in it.
 
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Probly have 7or8 of the multimeaters waiting to be opened up and a couple on my desk and one in every vehicle including the bikes . A cheap piece of crap but when you think your bike battery is weak you know in seconds , no guess work . When the battery in the meter gets weak enough that it won’t read I toss it and get a new one .

I never had a heat gun , I got torches to make all the heat I want . One year at Uncles his DR 350 wasn’t running right so we pulled the carb , at some point somebody had been working on it and the airfilter boot had been improperly installed and was letting a bit of dirt in that had clogged a air port in the intake horn , after curing the performance problum I started trying to reshape the boot to fit correctly , being cold rubber no way could I make things fit right . Roger said “ I got a heat gun , try that “ we warmed up the rubber fit it to the carb and clamped it and let it cool and everything fit perfect . Next day after I came home I went to hf and bought a heat gun . It gets much more use than I thought it would , specially in rebuilding hydraulics . Cylinder seals were always a bit of a pain to install , not any more , a little heat softens them up till they pop right in . I keep extras on the shelf with hf tools , when one craps out I open a new one just like the multi meters , a replacement battery cost more than a new tool .
 
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I had one of those free meters. Looked like it would work ok except when I plugged in the probes, the unsupported sockets tore right off the PCB. Probably a bit of user error too, but despite being somewhat disappointed, I was not surprised.
 

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Well, the meter just paid for itself today :-P

My PIAA lights on the GS were not coming on. Daniel and I used the meter to track the problem back to the relay. It is not your normal looking relay.


Fortunately, I started reading the comments below and saw that some people popped the case open and were able to just replace an internal fuse. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to pop it open, but sure enough, the 30A fuse was blown. Fortunately, I had a few in the garage and was able to replace it, then verify the voltages everywhere and get the lights working. I think a loose spade connection on one of the lights touched the other connection and shorted. I made sure that cannot happen again. Everything is buttoned back up and good to go now.
 
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I've had a bunch of those meters. They usually break, which makes them tough to rely on in a tool bag.

The heat gun though is great. I've used mine for years and lots of heat shrink....
 
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My hf multi meter rides in those useless side pockets on my tank bag , been there since the bike was new in 04 , I check the battery in it regularly and replace the meter when it’s battery time . I've used some well over 5 years , usally the leads fail or batteries fail , I save any good leads and open a new meter when the battery fails .
 

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This meter probably won't go on a bike with me. I have another one that is very robust and sits in a hard case that protects it. It's small and works great now that I replaced the battery. I've had it forever and it has seen some pretty hard conditions.
 
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