This is an off-beat post, and has nothing to do with websites or the digital world for that matter. I’ll be going through the steps I used to fix a broken pocket scale that was gifted to me – I get a lot of, “If you can fix, it it’s yours” gifts.
This 50.00g digital scale stopped working for an unknown reason, and the top suggestion for fixing these scales is a re-calibration. Unfortunately, this digital scale could not be calibrated – likely a result of the problems it was already having. After further inspection I realized the scale still accurately measured negative values. At this point the, “if it’s broken and destined for the garbage, I had might as well see how it works.” Was running through the back of my head.
Check the video out for a quick little tutorial and walkthrough of how I got my scale back in mostly working order. Step-by-step below.
- Remove the top plate of your scale to gain access to the mounting points of the weight surface.
- In my case there were two Phillips screws
- Flip the scale and remove the battery cover to reveal the second mount point
- Remove that pair of screws and set them aside as well
- Under where the weigh platform was, flip the sensor bar
- Re-attach all components
The kicker is, now when I lift the weighing platform, it shows me a proper positive number – reversing the fix brings the problems back. Does anyone with more knowledge of digital circuitry have an explanation for this rogue resistor?