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Old October 9, 2019, 11:59 PM   #1
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Sensitive Scale . . .

So, I'm going to assume it is a good thing that I have to turn the ceiling fan off before I try to use my Hornady powder scale as it seems to be reading the breeze from above and won't stablize at 00 until I turn the fan off.

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Old October 10, 2019, 12:27 AM   #2
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Some scales come with covers to prevent that kind of problem.

https://www.amazon.com/Laboratory-An.../dp/B07FSPXMRT
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Old October 10, 2019, 12:28 AM   #3
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Yep, you got it. Another issue is electromagnetic interference. Best to keep your cell phone away from the loading bench.
Others have mentioned sensitivity to fluorescent bulbs. I haven’t had an issue with this myself. I have a magnifying lamp on an adjustable arm clamped to my portable workbench which gives me light and a large magnifying lens right above my press. Very handy, especially when examining brass for cracks or checking primer pockets. It could throw some scales off.
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Old October 10, 2019, 01:47 AM   #4
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Which scale?
Some are better than others.
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Old October 10, 2019, 01:54 AM   #5
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I still prefer a beam scale. But yeah the fans are off when i'm weighing charges.
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Old October 10, 2019, 08:41 AM   #6
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I still prefer a beam scale.
Me too.

I load in the garage. On most days, I have to close either the side door or the main door to keep the draft down. Sometimes both. Oh, and I make sure I'm breathing away from the scale.
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Old October 10, 2019, 11:17 AM   #7
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I have 3 beam scales I use (I can't pass up a bargain. RCBS 505, Lyman/Ohaus D5, and Lee SS). I have to turn off the room fans whenever I weigh powder as it doesn't take much to make a beam scale swing. My digital doesn't care much except when the breeze is strong enough to blow powder out of the pan.

I often leave my scale out. I have a "table" to raise the scale to closer to eye level and I just cover the scale with a plastic shoe box. Fits perfectly...
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Old October 10, 2019, 12:41 PM   #8
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Also you need to stop breathing.

You want as quiet and stable an environment as you can get.

Wife opens the door to the shop? Arghhhhhh
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Old October 12, 2019, 11:03 AM   #9
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I had a problem with my RCBS digital scale vacillating from zero. Zeroing with the pan on gave a value of 140 with the pan off, but that would change frequently to 141 or 139 during the reloading process. The problem resolved completely by plugging the transformer plus into a "SL WABER Power Master surge/noise suppressor, Model PM 1N", which then plugs into the receptacle.
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Old October 12, 2019, 11:28 AM   #10
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Since I got my sinuses Roto-Rootered out I breath through my nose. Not much of a breeze on my scale...
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Old October 13, 2019, 09:15 PM   #11
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Also, with cooler weather on its way, static electricity build-up on your body can deflect the pan, so unless your furnace heat is humidified, be prepared for cold weather reloading by getting a wrist groundstrap. They're available on Amazon for less than $5.
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