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May 26, 2009 04:08 PM

Can someone tell me how to recalibrate my Polder kitchen scale?

It's a cheap plastic one - I can't even find a model number on it! Any direction would be most appreciate. Otherwise, I'm open to recommendations for a new one...

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    1. Are you sure it's off?

      Here is an easy, very accurate way to test: $20 of dimes or quarters (or mixed) equals exactly 1 pound. (50 cent pieces or Eisenhower dollars also work, but who sees those?) No pennies or nickels.

      So 5 quarters = 1 oz, 40 = 8 oz, etc.

      Any mix of these coins works -- $2.50 worth equals 2 ounces, $5.00 worth equals 4 ounces, etc.

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      1. re: puzzler

        Thanks, I am positive it isn't accurate.

        1. re: puzzler

          I'll vouch for puzzler's method. I had to calibrate some scales for work using a standard weight. Just for kicks I compared to a stack of quarters and found that 5 quarters do indeed weigh 1.00 ounce. Didn't know dimes followed the same rule, but I don't weigh my spare change that often.