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Will an ESD Wrist Strap Work on Steel?

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March 29, 2014 10:38:02 AM

Hello. Just a quick question here. I will be building in an H440, and found out that the case is pretty much all steel, not metal. Since steel is technically not metal, will I still be able to ground myself with the case and install components safely onto the motherboard? Thanks.
March 29, 2014 10:44:29 AM

I think you'll find that steel is very much technically metal.
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March 29, 2014 10:47:02 AM

Steel is a metal alloy, what else would it be? Don't confuse steel with hard plastic. Steel works perfectly as a ground for preventing ESD. You can strap your ESD strap to the steel of your computer case - make sure its on the steel, not the plastic.

Steel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel
ABS Plastic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abs_plastic
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March 29, 2014 11:16:12 AM

Haha, well that must have been a stupid question, but thanks. :) 
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March 29, 2014 11:35:30 AM

ellirocker24 said:
Haha, well that must have been a stupid question, but thanks. :) 


Nah, being stupid would be ignoring ESD completely. You are just being extra cautious : ) Good luck, have fun!
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