Quick Tip Sunday

Chris Diagnostician Commack, New York Posted   Latest   Edited  

I know we've all done it. I am certainly guilty. The giant stack of banana jack leads.

A lot of meter leads have stack-able grounds. This is convenient in a pinch, but can damage your meter if brushed against or something falls on it. The Snap-on yellow lead has 2 different ground leads. One is stack-able, one is normal. Both leads are connected internally. 

To avoid the leaning tower of banana leads, simply put the regular 90 degree lead on the main ground attachment of the meter, and stack all the leads together behind the meter. this will give you a clean safe hookup. 

Hope you enjoyed this tip.

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Samuel Technician
Somers Point, New Jersey
Samuel
 

AWESOME!!! Love it!!!

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
 

This is a great tech tip. When I purchased my first 2 channel I made a call to the SO service center and bugged the heck out of them I'm sure. I asked them what was the most common repairs that they encountered with their units as I was self tought and was afraid of damaging my investment at first. They did mention this to be a critical fault. Stacking the grounds.

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David Technician
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David
 

That's a great tip Chris, in case someone wears out their original leads and replaces them with a non SnapOn set, AESwave sells a ground quadruple that works great also.

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
 

I found myself have issues running multiple amp clamps. David would that lead help?

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
Chris
 

What kind of issues have you run into? Does the signal get noisy? I can’t remember if I’ve run multiple amp clapms of my snapon. I’ve for sure run them on my pico without issue.

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
 

The ground connectors. Running both amp clamps on my 4 channel with my voltage leads, I have to get creative every time. The SO amp clamps dont have a piggy back and with the versus only having one ground terminal it can get frustrating. I need to check to see if aeswave has a a splitter. I also run into it when I use my pulse sensor as it has a bnc to bannana pig tail and dosen't have a piggy

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
Chris
 

My snap-on low amp clamp is a stackable lead. its one of those in the pics

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
Chris
 

one is the yellow lead, the other is the amp clamp

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
 

My bad. Now I feel like an idiot. It's my transducer set up and my pulse sensor I have the issues with, not my amp clamps. I just looked to verify. Sorry Chris and thank you for the correction.

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
Chris
 

Pulse sensor you say, that looks pretty cool. Would you mind a little show and tell?

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
   

Absolutely, I make my own custom pressure pulse sensors. With the amount I have invested in equipment I often try to build my own gear when possible until the financial side catches up with my wish list. A few years back I had several classes and spoke with sevral technicians using pressure sensors in their diagnostics and I was hooked. This was shortly after I invested in my 1st scope when

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
Chris
 

That's awesome, I would love to see a write up on that case study. If I wanted you to make me one, how much would it be?

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
 

I'll be posting last weeks case study as soon as I get the chance. I'm just curious if I should wait till it's a fix or update it as I go? As for selling I Haven't thought much on that. Chris look me up on FB.

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
Chris
 

Either way is good. Message sent

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David Technician
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David
 

Yes Mike it will help, I do it all the time. In fact that was my first thought when I saw that. aeswave​.​com/Ground-Quadrup…

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Michael Technician
Shelton, Washington
Michael
 

Sweat thank you David. That's awesome.

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David Technician
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David
 

That ground quadrupler works great for my pulse sensors also.

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Brin Diagnostician
Melbourne, Florida
Brin
 

Just awesome!

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