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Wheatstone bridge
« on: February 04, 2013, 02:17:15 PM »
Thought I would share a few pics of my Wheatstone bridge.

Front panel.

Wheatstone bridge by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Shortform instructions inside the lid.

Inside front cover by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Back cover removed, all metal screws into nice brass posts.

Inside view by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Meter movement back with it's wirewound hand made resistors.

Back of meter by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Range resistors, they look like bamboo sticks.

Range switch by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Side view of the switch.

Switch details by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Galvonometer showing the offset due to the shorting link.

Galvanometer by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

Hard to get a lower resistance shorting link than this copper foil across the inputs.

Close to zero by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr

All running off 4.5V from 3 cells. The original D cells it had in it when i got it had leaked a little, and I did not have any to hand when I had finished cleaning up the holder and so I used 3 C cells and some metal spacers ( actually some vibration mounts) to fill the gap, along with some cardboard to fill the sides. Works well enough, and the cells are a lot cheaper to buy, and last just as long.

batterybodge by SeanB_ZA, on Flickr


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Re: Wheatstone bridge
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 03:30:21 AM »
What a gem! I had not heard of Yokogawa before I came across a clamp meter of theirs I really want for review:

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Re: Wheatstone bridge
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013, 07:24:46 AM »
Very neat inside and out!   the blobs of solder on the "bamboo" range resistors, I guess they were for fine adjustment?
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Re: Wheatstone bridge
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 11:15:48 AM »
Those are to solder on the leadout wires, as nichrome or manganin resistance wire is both very fine and a pain to solder, so it is likely this is a silver loaded solder to attach the copper leadout wires reliably.

I had a lot of roach droppings inside and out, and the case has been nibbled a bit by rats, though luckily only the leather strap and outer case had bites Took a week to clean it with a cloth and bag it with roach spray to kill those inside, and remove the egg cases.

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Re: Wheatstone bridge
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2013, 02:08:27 AM »
Brilliant , see how could anyone not want to own a piece of equipment this like, far better than all this soft touch backlit stuff, which I doubt would last the test of time, and I would bet this one would still be there doing its job well. Your duty bound to look after and use this piece of wonderful history.
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