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Grant: Where did you get your mini-multi-meter and what brand is it? Mines a bloody monster!
I have two, so shouldn't be too hard to find! One's a Micronta 22-171 and the other is a Radio Shack/Tandy. Both are at least 10 years old, so shouldn't be hard to find something even smaller. They don't have ALL the options you get on a big one, but more than adequate.
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Where did you get your mini-multi-meter and what brand is it? Mines a bloody monster!
Matt,
Maplins are doing a basic multimeter for a tenner at the moment.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...meter&doy=27m6
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Thanks guys, will look into them.
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Something that works for me that I thought I would share is color, bright colors at that. Spraypaint/paint your tools something like a HOT PINK. I actually use red and yellow, yessss, 2 colors on one tool. (Although most of the color will only be around the groves after a few years)

This is kind of hard to explain, but PLEASE bear with me.

As wheelie said: “Rolls with pockets, with a place for everything, and everything in its place, is not for me.” nor for me.

Grant was so so right saying: “I also DO like pockets - even if a pocket is crammed with 2, 3 or more things - it's easy to spot if something is missing/lost in the dirt, whereas when loose, it's impossible.”

This is where the two colors come in. I do carry my tools in two different bags/rolls/pieces a lot like Rene Cormier does with his tools.

http://www.renedian.com/Part2BikeToolsSpareParts.html

My tools (wrenches) that belong in the red pouch are ¾ red and ¼ yellow. The tools in the other pouch are painted ¾ yellow and ¼ red. This helps me keep it all organized and makes for quick visual double-checking of myself. (aka 5 red and 5 yellow) I also paint all my sockets and mark EVERY tool I have with bright colors. The two colors helps me when I do my idiot check before I leave (The two colors really stick out. I haven’t lost a tool in the sand or leaves yet (knock knock)). It also helps from getting other’s tools mixed up with mine.

Pick this up from big wall climbing where you use sub racks. If you have ever spent time on a wall you know what I am talking about.

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I think Tyvek (made by Dupont) has a use here as well. It is tear proof, waterproof, cheap (can pick it up free for a job site, Tvyek is a house wrap), packs up small, but mainly it is VERY WHITE. Everything shows up when using it as a ground cloth. You can use it as a ground cloth under you tent to protect the floor of you tent or even a small tarp (shade or water).
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Cool idea Weise, I've managed to lose tools despite doing a sweep of the ground every time I have to get them out on the road.
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This chap, does tool rolls and they are tough - I have one for my enfield - excellent.

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Army link box

I found an old 7.62 link box from an Army surplus shop, got it cut down and welded a new bottom on it. Fitted a hasp through the opening device and was able to padlock it shut. The box is waterproof, just had to check the new botttom weld was watertight. Used four bolts to bolt it to the bashplate, also waterproofed these where i drilled holes in the ammo can. Sprayed it with hammerite slver paint.

The weight is down low and kept my tools in a tourtech tool roll, which has a magnet stitched into it handy for stopping bolts etc going awol. I also took along a small blue tarp for working on.
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Sounds to me like you're putting your heaviest item - tools - at the worst place - high and rearward. I'd suggest a rethink to get them forward and low.
I aggree with Grant

best to keep the weight low down,that way you hardley notice the extra weight your carring.

I use a old Ex-Army mortor tube.
When fitting Make sure it does not foul your front wheel

These have worked very well for me ,they are 100% water tight, and are long enough to take my long tyre levers.

Best of all they are strong and very cheap...

some on ebay at the moment ..number ...180290761572



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