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Importance of antistatic straps. Did you damage anything yet?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RonMcD, Mar 17, 2005.

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Did you ever damage a PC by not using an antistatic strap?

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  1. RonMcD New Member

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    Hello,

    i never use antistatic straps. Usually i touch the case one time before
    doing something with any component inside.

    How important is it to use antistatic straps or something like this?
    Did you ever damage something by not using it?

    I'm just interested.

    Ron
     
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    Touching the PSU is my method and all you really need to do unless you have a known static area e.g. the carpet etc.
     
  3. RonMcD New Member

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    Hmm. I've got carpet floor in my room.
    If you're wearing shoes and don't touch the carpet,
    would you although get electrostatic charged?

    Thanks
    Ron
     
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    well I mean if you know you regularly get shocked touching stuff then you know your in a high static area. just mke sure you discharge yourself by touching the PSU case before you touch anything else
     
  5. RonMcD New Member

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    Okidoki. :eek:
     
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    Touching the case will only work if you do not unplug the 120V cord from the power supply.

    I've been working on PCs for 15 years or so now and haven't toasted anything yet but there's always a first ;)
     
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    wazzledoozle New Member

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    Ive built many comps in my house, and I have 70's shag rug. Never ever been shocked on anythign and never fried anything.
     
  8. RonMcD New Member

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    Okay,... but if you're working IN the case with any compontents and the PSU
    is connected to the board it's no good idea to leave the power cord plugged in, is it?

    Ron
     
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    Probably is a good idea as it should ground you well, but I've always worked with my PC unplugged on a carpet floor without always being in contact with the PSU or case and never fried anything, whatever I touch.
     
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    You are absolutely correct Ron. To avoid any possibility of being shocked the power supply should be unplugged. My machine I have even noticed if I do a "shut down" out of XP that there are still LEDs on the mobo that stay on which would also indicated that there is still power to it.

    I was merely pointing out that touching the case will ground you only if there is a return path to ground. IE the power cord has to be plugged in in order for it to ground you.

    I will pull the case out which should sufficiently take care of any static build up then unplug it before doing what I need to do. I have seen shops that go the whole mile with antistatic mats and grouding straps but that's about the only place I have seen them.
     

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