What he was talking about is how to test the guage and wiring from the tank end. He suggests using 4 resistors inline with the last one connected to ground. Then by touching the wire that used to be hooked up to your sending unit to different parts of the 'string' of resistors, your guage should show 1/2, empty etc.
I think thats a safe way of doing it.
I have done it this way.
Take the wire off the sending unit and momentarily touch it to ground. The guage, if good, should go to full, if it doesn't, suspect the wiring or guage. If it does go to full, the sending unit is bad.
It sometimes takes a couple of seconds to make this happen, best done with two people so you don't leave it on too long and blow the guage.