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Safe Surface for components

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March 28, 2009 2:30:35 AM

What is safe surface for motherboards etc..

I know something like cardboard is good, and u shouldn't wear socks, and you should stand up, any other tips?

Also can you flip the anti static bag inside out and have a safe surface?

a b V Motherboard
March 28, 2009 3:46:15 AM

I do all of my building on my carpeted floor. I always wear socks. I never stand up as I work on the floor. Static can be serious, but it's not as common as it may sound. Just touch something metal (case) before working on the motherboard. If you're real concerned, get a grounded wrist strap. They are ~ $10.
a c 156 V Motherboard
March 28, 2009 4:24:07 PM

There's no reason to flip an antistatic bag inside out. The whole thing is antistatic.
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March 28, 2009 5:29:20 PM

A wood or plastic table is all you really need. The biggest thing in component safety is this rule, follow it and youll be fine. Only take your compontents out of their bags the moment you plan on installing them. If you need to set it down do so on a hardwood table. Antistatic bags are designed to discharge the static on your body when you pick them up. If you then touch something else after holding onto the item you can then cause a problem. Just hold onto a metal part of your computer system for a few seconds and then pick up your part and always avoid placing your fingers and hands on connectors and microchips.
March 29, 2009 3:23:04 AM

jsc said:
There's no reason to flip an antistatic bag inside out. The whole thing is antistatic.

only the inside is(i think)
a b V Motherboard
March 29, 2009 4:04:14 AM

Reference antistatic Bagging. The outside is conductive very high ohmic value to dissipate a static charge. Inside is non-conductive which prevents any charge on the outside being transfered to circuit on inside of the bag.

Added: High ohmic value => 20 megohms per square in which should be safe to lay a circuit card on.
a b V Motherboard
March 30, 2009 7:06:03 AM

One other method to reduce static is water. I usually wash my hands before I start working. Dry skin promotes static. Moist skin will dampen static charges.