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Old 07-24-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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Last March I had bought an Ideal 61-310 multimeter to use for fire alarm troubleshooting. My Fluke 333 couldn't read the resistors in the system. Well after using it a couple of times it just stopped working and now when I turn it on it just beeps loudly or has a continuous tone like it is reading continuity even though the leads aren't even plugged in. I was wondering if I could just return it to Lowes yet and get it replaced (I have the receipt but no packaging) or do I have to go direct to Ideal. Or is it even under warranty yet? I know it only cost me $20 but still I don't want to buy another one. Thanks
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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I'd just take it, with the receipt, back to Lowes. If they'll exchange it, just pull a new one of the a box and leave it with them for your old one.
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Any chance you have the leads plugged in wrong for the setting your trying to use?
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And Ken ....... before you can try to correct my question, I saw what he said.

I am just making sure he is talking about the meter end of the leads and not the circuit end of the leads.
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Bob, I don't know anything about Ideal meters, but at $20, I don't think it would have the equivilant of Fluke's Alert system (the name fails me right at the moment).

At that price, I'd think the only thing that would cause it to beep is when the threshold of continuity is reached.
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It can't be the leads because they aren't even plugged into the thing. Im guessing something internally went wrong. (Obvious I know)

I am taking an educational guess that Ken is 480sparky....Saw your website Ken, mighty fine work there. Keeping busy in the area? Next month I am heading to Spencer because we just are not getting jobs in the area.
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Most meters will read F/A resisters.. However most meters don't like 24vdc on the ohm setting.
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