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October 15, 2012 12:21:13 PM

Hi guys, all of my computer parts got delivered this morning and I can't wait to get it built, however, I'm a little anxious that I might damage a component from static.

All of the floors in my house are carpeted and I will be building on a glass table, will this be ok? The table has metal legs so could I ground myself using these?

Thanks in advance
October 15, 2012 12:23:40 PM

yeah you can ground yourself with the metal poles. they should do. just dont go around rubbing your feet on the carpet.

i generally dont have to worry about static. all my tables are wooden
October 15, 2012 12:49:05 PM

To get rid of ESD just touch a metal piece of your case not painted just do that and you won't have to worry about ESD.
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October 15, 2012 4:22:35 PM

I've built several systems and never had the need to take any anti static precautions. Just build on a clean surface and you'll be fine. Use a plastic floor mat if you're that worried.

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October 15, 2012 5:12:37 PM
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The Other side of the coin. Get a cheap wrist strap (about $10 bucks) and use it. Always catch flack, BUT!!
http://www.descoindustries.com/pdf/CostofESDDamage.pdf
http://blog.all-spec.com/2008/07/types-of-esd-damage/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge
Additional info: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=3&pq=e...

Static buildup is very dependent on relative Humidity (RH). RH at or below 30% can be deadly. AND winter with it's very low RH is just around the corner, Unless you live in the "Down Under"
Some of your components operate at Less than 15 Volts in fact Ram is normally 1.5 V and CPUs are around 1 Volt for operation., You can build up in excess of several hundred Volts and Never Know it. You do NOT even have to touch the pins, just sticking your pinky Very close you risk either turn it into a paper weight, or create a condition known as “walking wounded”.

Do not recommend setting ESD sensitive items on a glass table and NO the metal legs will NOT prevent glass becoming charged. The glass can build up a high static charge that can damage a component part. Case in point: One poster about a year ago placed a Hard disk drive on a Glass surface and wiped out the HDD.

My recommendations Is to place a conductive surface on glass table. DO not remove any other components from antistatic bags. Install PSU into case and connect power cord to PSU (PSU rocker switch should be off. I normally use one of those power strips and turn it off and plug PSU into it. Put on wrist strap and connect to Un-painted metal on case. Know you can start removing and assembling the components.

Bottom line, for 10 Bucks it is much better to be safe than sorry.

Edited, added.
Quote: "Use a plastic floor mat if you're that worried." LOLs thats like jumping from the fring pan into the Fire. Plastic is a NON-conductor and an excellent source of static build-up.

And Yes I'm ESD certified and have to attend manitory class every two years.
October 15, 2012 5:24:53 PM

I was a PC tech at a shop for a time and basically got married to my wrist strap. If you're opening the box always have it on.
October 15, 2012 5:59:17 PM

Getting away from the computer advice and the root cause:

if you have a lot of static in your house, it indicates your humidity is likely too low.

If you go to hardware store and pick up even a cheap humidity meter (hygrometer) this can confirm it. Should be like $10 (and will tell you the air temp too).

Then if you really want to solve your problem, then perhaps getting a humidifier is what you really need.

In a short term, if you mist around some water from a spray bottle (onto the carpet not onto your computer parts), or take a hot shower with your door open, to increase the moisture, you may suddenly find no more static shocks. That being said, previous advice to just guard against static should be fine too
October 15, 2012 9:23:23 PM

Best answer selected by razmundo.
October 19, 2012 8:24:15 AM

razmundo said:
Hi guys, all of my computer parts got delivered this morning and I can't wait to get it built, however, I'm a little anxious that I might damage a component from static.

All of the floors in my house are carpeted and I will be building on a glass table, will this be ok? The table has metal legs so could I ground myself using these?

Thanks in advance



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