On 2017-Aug-07, at 3:43 PM, James Hamilton via cctech wrote:
> Hello all,
> Is there any good advice on avoiding shorts while testing a male DIN plug
> with a multimeter? I'm trying to test my C64 power supply, but I'm very
> nervous about accidentally shorting it in the process.
a few options:
a) scavenge an individual pin a from scrap socket of some sort that will fit
the DIN pins and insert it over the DIN pin
so it effectively extends out the DIN pins one at a time. Not so great maybe
if you don't have a junk box with a variety of sockets.
If you're really particular use some heat shrink over the socket pin to
b) cut a piece of thin insulating material, paper even, and fold it into a tube
or into half and insert it over a DIN pin
so it isolates one pin at a time, and guides the test probe down to the
c) cut a ~1/2" piece of insulating tubing or strip a piece of insulation off a
piece of wire and use it an in (b).
Common #14 house wire (loomex) might be about the right ID if it's not too
thick at the OD to avoid interference with adjacent pins.
(c) sounds like the most time/effort effective method.