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The quickest way to destroy your multimeter is to hit a hot wire with the switch in the ohm position. I have a stack of them in the shop, all blown out the same way. I just go out and buy another cheapie. Because I know what is going to happen to it. Hope this helps.

## How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

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When measuring voltage, you may notice the voltage reading is fluctuating drastically or incorrect when on a known voltage source, this is usually a sign of an internal fuse being blown. Test fuse with a continuity meter, and replace the fuse recommended by the owners manual.
Most digital multimeters today have an input impedance that`s high enough to show this ghost voltage, giving a false impression of a live conductor. The meter is actually measuring voltage coupled into the disconnected conductor.
Poor wiring, corroded and loose connections can cause voltage fluctuations. In extreme cases, a loose connection can cause electric shocks from metal appliances and surfaces in your home. This can often be identified by the flickering of lights.
When the battery`s state of charge is low, the voltage is raised slightly to quickly put the charge back in. When the state of charge is high, the voltage is lowered slightly to prevent overcharging. If the vehicle has a voltmeter gauge, you may see the voltage move up or down. This is normal.
Once you put the multimeter in continuity mode, take these two probes and connect them together. When you do that, you should hear a continuous beep sound. This means there is proper connectivity between both the leads and your Multimeter is working.
Turn off the power to the circuit and unscrew the faceplate and identify the ground, neutral, and hot wires. Start by stripping corroded wires to reveal shiny copper and tightening the screws that hold the wires in place. This tends to solve problems due to a poor connection.
A: With the multimeter alone, you can`t. You can only check the voltage, which is NOT the same as a TEST. The 1.5V and 9V battery check functions actually provide a LOAD on the battery during the test, making it… see more.
What Voltage Should My 12v Battery Show? A fully charged 12 volt battery should read at 12.6 volts on the multimeter. If the reading is lower than this, you`ll want to charge your battery with either a battery charger or by taking your car for a drive.
When testing a fuse, touch the end of each ohmmeter cable to the opposite ends of the fuse. A reading between 0 and 2 indicates continuity—the circuit is good/complete. If you read infinity (∞) or OL (open line) the circuit is bad.
One way to control power fluctuation in your home is by installing a voltage stabilizer. This device can regulate the voltage and ensure that your electronic devices receive a consistent and stable flow of electricity, even during fluctuations.
An ideal solution to this problem is removing the malfunctioning appliance from the existing circuit and connecting it to another circuit with no overload. Furthermore, incorporating MCBs in your electrical systems can help a great deal in reducing instances of interference.
Once you put the multimeter in continuity mode, take these two probes and connect them together. When you do that, you should hear a continuous beep sound. This means there is proper connectivity between both the leads and your Multimeter is working.
An ideal solution to this problem is removing the malfunctioning appliance from the existing circuit and connecting it to another circuit with no overload. Furthermore, incorporating MCBs in your electrical systems can help a great deal in reducing instances of interference.
Once you put the multimeter in continuity mode, take these two probes and connect them together. When you do that, you should hear a continuous beep sound. This means there is proper connectivity between both the leads and your Multimeter is working.

Multimeter–fuse looks fine–new battery–values changing not correct, tried voltage on 9v, 12v and house current. is the unit faulty?
ANSWER : The quickest way to destroy your multimeter is to hit a hot wire with the switch in the ohm position. I have a stack of them in the shop, all blown out the same way. I just go out and buy another cheapie. Because I know what is going to happen to it. Hope this helps.

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Can not get spool head apart to change line, tried pump pliers, pipe wrench, won’t unscrew!!
ANSWER : If you are sure that it screws on it may be a reverse threaded unit..

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I need to change the deck belt, but i don’t know what to loosen to accomplish this
ANSWER : Loosen the belt tension lever on the left side of the deck …. then remove the right side blade pulley black plastic cover to remove the old belt….. the new belt goes on easily…. 15 min. job

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The auger from a model 917.881053 snow thrower got pulled out from the gearbox housing (broke the housing). I have replacement housing covers and a gasket, but I am unsure how to re-install the impeller shaft to the worm gear and seal them inside the gear housing. There are a number of bushings, washers, and o-rings on the shaft. From the design of the gearbox housing, it appears that the 3/4 flange bushing (part # 174700) is secured inside the housing in the slot. I am also thinking that the o-ring (part # 174699) should be secured in the housing slot next to the flange bushing to effectively seal the gearbox housing from loosing grease. Is this correct?

I am also having trouble finding auger gearbox grease. The owner’s manual says to use Ronex ED #1 grease. I can only find N.L.G.I. greases of grades 1 and 2. Is the N.L.G.I. grade 1 the type I should use?

ANSWER : The O ring you speak of should be in a groove/slot, just inside the bushing, (note thoroughly examine the bushing to make sure of no damage or excessive wear)…you are correct, and the NLGI #1 has all the certifications that the Rondex ED has plus 1, so if anything, the grease you are asking about will exceed mfg recomendations. Good Luck! I hope you find this to be very helpful!

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Changed spark plug, but still stalling after 1/2 minute

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Husqvarna iz4817 change oil light needs to be reset
ANSWER : The oil change reminder will flash at 49 hrs for 2 hrs then reset itself. It will do this every 50 hrs.

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When I engage to mow, the mower deck has a clanging sound. do I need to change the belt ?
ANSWER : Not likely a belt thing. Sounds like a bent blade, bent housing, bent spindle shaft. Perhaps something simple like a piece of metal or a rock jammed up in the housing.

Turn the key off and remove it from the machine.
Raise the housing up high enough to look everything over. Or maybe I should say to look everything under.
Rotate the blades to see where one might be hitting the housing or other object.

The belt usually does not contribute to clanking noises.

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Blades turn but not fast enough to cut grass – John Deere 4020 Gas & Diesel Tractor Radiator
ANSWER : Sounds like one or two ploblems,,, change belt,,check tenion pully,,hope this help,, good luck

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