hi I've been given some balance scales by that are in a glass
cabinet it's complete with weights but I don't know how to set it
up. Does anyone have any ideas please Martin
Sounds like it’s an analytical balance. Is it kind of tall, with a
door that slides up and down, & does it have a beam with a pan
hanging on each side, and notches in the beam that you use a sliding
handle to put a little weight in? (and perhaps a column with a weight
that you can crank up and down? If so, it is an analytical balance.
These balances are very delicate, since they weight dwn to a gnat’s
eyelash. You can even write your name on a paper with a pencil and
weigh your signature!
It needs to be on a really rock-steady table.
it needs to be perfectly level.
I would suggest you go to the high school chem teacher, or some
local chemist to show you how to use it properly, so you don’t ruin
it right off; it’s easy to do.
If it is squattier and has a pan, and a beam with several moveable
weights on it, then the case is just to prevent air currents from
interfering with the measuring, and you level it, put what you are
weighing in the pan, move the weights around until the pointer points
to the center, and bob’s your uncle!