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How to use an anti static wrist strap?

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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
April 24, 2011 5:39:01 AM

How exactly do you use an anti static wrist strap?
- Do you have your PC unplugged?
- Where do you clip the alligator clip?

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April 24, 2011 5:52:50 AM
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Yes you unplug the pc from the wall.
You put the strap on your wrist and then you clip the alligator clip to the bare metal part of the case.
This effectively puts your body at the same voltage potential as the entire pc...thereby eliminating any posible static discharge and damage to the pc.
Hope this helps...JQ
Anonymous
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April 24, 2011 5:58:04 AM

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September 26, 2011 6:13:42 PM

do not unplug the pc from the wall, just turn off the power supply switch, then connect the alligator clip the bare metal part of the case. remember we need ground...:) 
November 5, 2012 3:30:34 AM

jtamad said:
do not unplug the pc from the wall, just turn off the power supply switch, then connect the alligator clip the bare metal part of the case. remember we need ground...:) 



@jtamad-You must be crazy to think that keeping the computer plug on while working on the boards is safe, sounds like you want to electrolucte somebody.

NEVER HAVE THE COMPUTER PLUGGED IN WHILE SERVICING THE COMPUTER ON ANY RELATED MANNER, PERIOD.
July 5, 2013 3:56:50 AM

@jtamad-You must be crazy to think that keeping the computer plug on while working on the boards is safe, sounds like you want to electrolucte somebody.

NEVER HAVE THE COMPUTER PLUGGED IN WHILE SERVICING THE COMPUTER ON ANY RELATED MANNER, PERIOD.[/quotemsg]

@markds4idmedic no you are wrong actually..... if you are using the computers bare metal as the ground then you should leave the power cord PLUGED IN if how ever you take a different route and say clip that alligator clip on some other bare metal surface that's grounded then you want your computer unplugged ex:another plugged in computer your not working on.......... Yes you want your computer to have no power to it but if you unplug the computer and try to use the casing as a ground it wont work too well. Besides when installing most of the components you want these for it calls for minimal to no actual contact between you and a sensitive part of the motherboard. unless your really getting into your computer and swapping out something you shouldn't be touching. THIS IS CORRECT INFORMATION!

July 7, 2013 2:57:43 AM

hunterinmck said:
@jtamad-You must be crazy to think that keeping the computer plug on while working on the boards is safe, sounds like you want to electrolucte somebody.

NEVER HAVE THE COMPUTER PLUGGED IN WHILE SERVICING THE COMPUTER ON ANY RELATED MANNER, PERIOD.


@markds4idmedic no you are wrong actually..... if you are using the computers bare metal as the ground then you should leave the power cord PLUGED IN if how ever you take a different route and say clip that alligator clip on some other bare metal surface that's grounded then you want your computer unplugged ex:another plugged in computer your not working on.......... Yes you want your computer to have no power to it but if you unplug the computer and try to use the casing as a ground it wont work too well. Besides when installing most of the components you want these for it calls for minimal to no actual contact between you and a sensitive part of the motherboard. unless your really getting into your computer and swapping out something you shouldn't be touching. THIS IS CORRECT INFORMATION!

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The correct answer is FOR THE ONE WHO ASKED IT. It is obvious to me that he is not a certified electrician/electronics and/or communications engineer/technician otherwise he would not be asking this question, because he would already know this.

You do not tell a guy who does not seem to know how to even use an ohmeter or voltmer to just keep it plugged in based on your conditional answers.

Know your audience before your respond. I don't give information irresponsibly.
August 22, 2013 9:23:11 AM

Mark Delfino said:
hunterinmck said:
@jtamad-You must be crazy to think that keeping the computer plug on while working on the boards is safe, sounds like you want to electrolucte somebody.

NEVER HAVE THE COMPUTER PLUGGED IN WHILE SERVICING THE COMPUTER ON ANY RELATED MANNER, PERIOD.


@markds4idmedic no you are wrong actually..... if you are using the computers bare metal as the ground then you should leave the power cord PLUGED IN if how ever you take a different route and say clip that alligator clip on some other bare metal surface that's grounded then you want your computer unplugged ex:another plugged in computer your not working on.......... Yes you want your computer to have no power to it but if you unplug the computer and try to use the casing as a ground it wont work too well. Besides when installing most of the components you want these for it calls for minimal to no actual contact between you and a sensitive part of the motherboard. unless your really getting into your computer and swapping out something you shouldn't be touching. THIS IS CORRECT INFORMATION!



The correct answer is FOR THE ONE WHO ASKED IT. It is obvious to me that he is not a certified electrician/electronics and/or communications engineer/technician otherwise he would not be asking this question, because he would already know this.

You do not tell a guy who does not seem to know how to even use an ohmeter or voltmer to just keep it plugged in based on your conditional answers.

Know your audience before your respond. I don't give information irresponsibly.[/quotemsg]

If you unplug the power cord aren't you removing the ground? Making the wrist strap useless?
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