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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/23/2014 1:23:02 PM
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@David: Big subject - I feel a blog coming on :-)

I await in dread anticipation LOL

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David Ashton   8/22/2014 7:48:13 PM
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Strange how these threads get onto all sorts of extraneous topics (including food, as MHRackin pointed out on another blog).  Not that I am complaining, apart from the fact that I have better (but not as entertaining) things to do with my time.

But seriously....  Max 30 years ago in Rhodesia I got a job in an Electronics Lab.  The guy I took over from was just finishing a transmission measuring set project and he had some large square meters for them.  He got a firm to produce for him some plastic sticky labels for the new faces.  If he could do that 30 years ago in the backwater of Rhodesia, I'm sure someone could do that near you.  Yes, you could just buy laser labels, but paper tends to discolor fairly quickly and shows the dirt more.  but then you could get a can of photo-protect spray and try that to protect them a bit better.

As MHRackin points out, you can turn the faceplates over - then you don't have to worry about the old markings coming thru if you get them screen-printed.  But is this worth it for a couple of meters - I'd imagine the costs of preparing the screens would be a bit?

AC meters - As MHRackin also points out, (he's a clever guy I must say) you need to look at the inside of a meter before abandoning it. Moving iron meters are generally produced to a range (eg 5 amps) and there is not much you can do about it, but if you find a moving coil movement (and I am not being rude, that's what they are called) inside, then take it apart further and look for shunts or muliplier resistors.  Once you get at the bare meter - the coil connections - you can mess around and find out the FSD and the meter resistance and set about getting it to do what you want.

Big subject - I feel a blog coming on :-)

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Re: Faceplate re-calibration
Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/22/2014 6:19:31 PM
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@Steve: I'm not worthy!

That's the attitude! LOL

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 5:43:55 PM
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@Max:  (you may kneel)

Oh I'm not worthy! LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Faceplate re-calibration
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2014 5:42:00 PM
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@Steve: How come your User rank has dropped to Rookie?

Frig -- it's because I have two accounts -- an old one and a new one -- and I havenlt found a way to combine them -- but thanks for pointing this out -- I've just switched over to my "Max the Magnificent" persona (you may kneel)

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 5:30:03 PM
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@Max:

Hey, How come your User rank has dropped to Rookie? Is that because your from the North LOL.

Clive
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Re: Faceplate re-calibration
Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/22/2014 5:18:46 PM
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@Steve: Hey! we're not all bad you know.

Keep on telling yourself that, Southern Boy! LOL

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 5:12:33 PM
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@ Max: great fellows all (but you wouldn't want your daughter to marry one

Hey! were not all bad you know.

 

 

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/22/2014 5:03:36 PM
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@Steve: Oh really! so it comes down to the North South divide again, cant we just stand together as Brits?

Some of my best friends are from the south -- great fellows all (but you wouldn't want your daughter to marry one ... Oh, the shame :-)

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Re: Faceplate re-calibration
mhrackin   8/22/2014 4:36:03 PM
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Having lived for 3 years in Texas (Dalllas area), I think you may be treading on dangerous ground!  In my experience, "real" Texans tend to NOT relate to "the South" and conversely the "old South" states refuse to acknowledge any kinship to Texas.  At least in my part of the South, "pen" is pronounced closer to "pain."  More rules for "speakin' Suthrin"single vowels become dipthongs, and vice versa....

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