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Hand Held DMM holder project

Postby Jack Crow » 2017-Nov-Thu-21-Nov

Hi all,
More of my issues with using hand held tools on a work bench.
The one hand held instrument I tend to use the most is the digital volt meter.
OEM's try to keep them lite. So the slightest bump tends to knock it over.
Give the knob a twist, and over it goes.
Then I have to take time to set it right, only to do it again later.

This got old fast. We know how to fix that.

Took a page from the Frequency Counter holder project.

In this case I used a Fluke 77 III hand held meter and made a cup to hold the unit snugly.
In the bottom of the cup is a 20mm hole that is part of a pivot point. Not shown.
Then the part that attaches to a three inch store purchased right angle bracket.
This holds this all very firmly.
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Pivot in action
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Looking up.
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Future revisions.
The cup can be made deeper.
As you can see, I missed by about 6mm.
The meter fits snugly in the cup.
I can give it a good shake and it will not fall out.

Also made a holder for the larger Fluke 87 meter.
Was using that today at work. Not bad.
Made a second one for a co worker.

I have an elderly Fluke 8060A meter.
Worked out a cup for that as well.

All the above cups have the same pivot system in their base.

Guess I should pick up a Harbor Freight Red 6 dollar DMM and make a holder for that as well.

As I get more meters to configure there will be more variants.

Be well all
Jack Crow aka Radio Mike in VB
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Re: Hand Held DMM holder project

Postby Jack Crow » 2017-Dec-Sun-14-Dec

Hi all,
Some follow up.

I showed the Fluke 87 meter in the above photos.
Below is the cup I made for the Fluke 77 III.

The first rational question is 'why it looks drunk'.
Valid point.

I had 2 three inch brackets I used for samples when the pivot system was designed.
The holes in the 3 inch bracket were along the center line of the bracket.
Went to the hardware store saturday and the best I could get were these 2.5 inch brackets, and they offset the holes I presume to avoid splintering wood when the screws were driven in.
So the meter is offset to one side until I can locate the proper bracket.

The other choice is to get some wood scraps and remount the unit with screws to hold into the wood scraps.
Perhaps print some things that will fit over the wire shelf and accept the offset of the bracket.

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As you can see, the printed part works great, the metal part left much to be desired.
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One of my co workers liked my Fluke 87 bracket and requested one for his bench.
Did not get a photo of that but that is two for two in the success list.

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This is just to detail the metal bracket issue.
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Perhaps I can find a place to put the 8060B Meter.

That's the news from here.

Jack Crow aka Radio Mike in Virginia Beach.
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