Every Tuesday I am going to post something about a tool or two from hand tools, test gear to software that most common Makers and Modders need or use.
So to kick off this section lets start with a basic set of tools we all need and use. I call this the Tinkers Note Book. This old schoolish thing is great to have. In my opinion this is better to use then a computer, tablet or smartphone. Use it to keep notes and ideas. Draw plans and circuits. A Reference guide that covers from simple measurements, formulas and guides with a reliable calculator to figure it all out. This is why I have chosen this first and should be widely used for all Makers and Modders.
The Tinkers Note Book is the following items
Note Book paper
No. 2 Pencil
Paper mate inkjoy quatro
ruler that has inches and millimeters
A copy of Ugly’s Reference guide
lets discuss Multimeters. Some of us know the big brands like Fluke and Mastech but not all of us can go out spending hundreds on a multimeter when starting out. So this is more towards beginners until they can afford a decent Multimeter. When looking for a cheap multimeter you should make sure it has volts, amps and ohms. Make sure it’s CAT II or CAT III compliant. You’re best bet is a Extech EX330. Runs for about forty bucks at wal-mart of all places.
Multimeters are number one when it comes to trouble shooting a circuit. You can use to to test a simple battery to testing ohms of a resistor. At times it is even better to have two meters. One measuring voltage and the other current. Or when a circuit had a voltage in and voltage out. A setting I use a lot and so happy to has is the continuity test to locate ground points and following signal leads.
Just get by with a cheap multimeter and as soon as you can buy a Fluke 117.