[sdiy] Jig for measuring resistor values?

Roman Sowa modular at go2.pl
Thu Sep 10 13:06:41 CEST 2020

Long time ago when I measured thousands of unmarked resistors, I have 
made simple but effective jig for them. Cut four 2cm-wide stripes out of 
a food can, and scratch the paint. On 2 of them cut about 2-3mm at one 
side, from both shorter edges to the middle and leave about 5-10mm at 
the center. The idea is to have a small tooth in the middle, then bend 
this tooth 90 degrees.
Bend all 4 stripes slightly so they are a bit round. Now take a piece of 
stripboard and solder those 4 stripes to it, so they touch each other 
and the bent teeth are facing the other stripe in pairs.
Solder wires to both pairs of stripes and connect them to ohmmeter. Now 
you can slide a resistor from top, between the metal stripes. Their 
force will hold resistor in place so skin resistance will not affect 
measurement. The teeth are here to make some sort of stop limit for 
resistor leads, so it doesn't fall down to the board.

An ugly drawing worth more than 1000 words is included as atachment, 
hopefully it will get through the list. Front view and side view.


W dniu 2020-09-10 o 00:04, KA4HJH pisze:
> I've finally reached the point where I can't see the colored bands on 
> resistors anymore and like so many others I'm reduced to measuring them 
> with an ohmmeter. Fumbling around with meter leads just doesn't cut it. 
> I don't want to have to reinvent the wheel so I'm asking if anyone has 
> come up with a simple jig to make it as quick and painless as possible. 
> Some sort of cradle perhaps?
> Terry Bowman, KA4HJH
> "The Mac Doctor"
> "If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes."—Roy Batty, /Blade 
> Runner/
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