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Multi Meter


I suspect I have a bad light switch, as one day it turned the light on and the next day it did not.

It happens to be "paired" with another switch and that one turns on the lights that it is connected to.

A search on this forum made me realize I need a multi meter.  A search on Amazon showed a lot of them, from 10.99 to around $35

Just looking for a recommendation.

Thanks 



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This is not directly an answer to your post, but I once had a porch light that I could not turn off with the wall switch ... which had always operated the light before. As it turned out, I had accidentally turned the porch light on with my remote control. Turns out if you turn the light on with the remote, it can only be turned off with the remote. It was that easy, but I had to learn that little “feature” of my rig.

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The link below will take you to one that I found at Home Depot.  What I liked about this meter is that it comes with two other testing devices, one which tests one's electrical sockets and the other to test for hot wires.  (At least, I think it is for testing for hot wires.  I've only used it once and that was a few years ago.)

Klein Electrical Test Kit

It is digital, so for me it was handier than trying to use one with an analog dial.  I also purchased a zipper bag which keeps all the testers in one place.

Terry



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My most useful meter is a DC clamp multi-meter. It allows you to measure current without disconnecting any wires. Many clamp meters do not measure DC so make sure you get one like this one available on Amazon:

Meterk Digital Clamp Meter Multimeter $39.97

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That kit that Terry mentioned is good stuff, Klein make top notch tools. The bigger rectangular thing is the multi-meter, the thing with the plug on it is for testing outlets (15 or 20 amps) and the pencil-like thing is to trace wires in a wall I believe. I own the first two but not the last one. The only thing I could suggest is that if you want to be able to test amperage get a meter with a clamp on amperage meter but it just about doubles the cost probably. Now for the really cheap method, you can get a neon tester for less than $5 that will test if there is power but only if there is power, it's no good to test stuff out of circuits. Here's a link if you're interested www.ebarnett.com/Sku/602289/neon-circuit-tester-90-volt-to-550-volt-076335003917-602289 

Personally I'd go with the stuff that Terry suggested, it will do what you need, it's pretty cheap and really good stuff.



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I wholly agree with Thomas_M. This multimeter should be in every RV owner's toolbox.

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