Please identify what this does in a cheap meter

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by electrocub, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. electrocub

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    I built a regulated power supply using a lm317 regulator. I put it in a plastic box and added 2 pairs of banana plugs, one pair for the volt meter and one pair for the device. Getting tired of hooking a meter up to the box each time I wanted to use it, I decided to incorporate a digital meter in the box. I was at Harbor Freight and saw a digital meter for less than 5 bucks and decided to use it. Since I am only using it for volts less than 20, I decided to gut the meter, hardwire the contact points in the rotor switch for 20 volts, and put it in the enclosure. When I took the back off, I noticed there is a 2 inch silver square on the back that is connected to the circuit board by a spring similar to a ball point pen. I assume this is a ground plane. Is there way that I can substitute something else for the ground plane? Could I solder a piece of aluminum can to a piece of wire and have the same thing? What would the easiest way to emulate this silver plate?

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  2. Audioguru

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    Most digital meters cannot measure the voltage that they are powered from.
     
  3. electrocub

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    That would be why I am gong to keep the 9 volt battery intact with the meter.
     
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