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Windows 7: anti-static wrist bands

26 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
anti-static wrist bands

on my previous build l had access to a plug however this time l dont.. was just wondering if it was safe to use my surge protector instead?

obviously l'll turn the surge protectors switch off however lm wondering if its safe... mainly because l cant reach the socket to turn that off then ground myself that way l'll also have the PSU power switched into the off position.

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26 Aug 2014   #2

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1

Typically if you touch the metal case before you do anything you are ok and grounded.
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27 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)

that would only really count if the case wasnt painted.. but this case is completely painted inside and out.
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27 Aug 2014   #4

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1

Well first, can we have more information on what you're trying to do exactly? Like what are you trying to plug in and into what type of plug. Are you trying to change out hardware?
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27 Aug 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Unless you are working in an abnormally high statically charged environment, I think you are worrying over nothing. A rubber mat, wood surface, metal frame.........there are several ways to release any charges built up. I've never used an anti-static strap and have never had any issues.
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27 Aug 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)

its a new build, last time l used a normal socket (3pronged) but its not easy to get to any more.. just wanted to make sure l didnt cause any issues as this time lm using more expensive equipment.
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27 Aug 2014   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I've been working in electronics for about 25 years, and I use a static strap daily (in a controlled environment), and it's indispensable.


There's no way to have a controlled environment at home at your kitchen table, so here are some useful tips that I practice myself while working on a computer to minimize static problems, in the absence of a static strap:

1. Place the computer on a secure work surface, such as the kitchen table. Someplace where there is no carpet underneath.
2. Wear cotton clothing (jeans, a T-shirt), and take your socks off.
3. Before working on your computer, touch the water tap to dissipate any static electricity to ground.
4. While working, don't touch any pins or electrical contacts. Try to handle the motherboard and cards by their edges.

That's really all there is to it.

If you have a strap, it's a good idea to use it, but it's not a good idea to get it anywhere near an electrical outlet, so grounding at the (3rd prong) ground plug is a no-no. It's better to make a long wire that will reach under the kitchen sink to a metal water pipe. Put an alligator clip on each end, and clip one end to a water pipe, and the other end to the end of your static strap's cord. Always use the cord that came with the strap. If you have to lengthen it, do as above with a piece of wire, don't cut the cord. It has shock protection in it and must remain whole and undamaged to work properly and keep you from possibly getting an electrical shock.

Used safely, a static strap is good in any system builder's toolbox, but if you don't have one, following the four tips above should do you fine.
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28 Aug 2014   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

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