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Old 11-13-2007, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default No antistatic wriststrap.

I'm building a computer and forgot to order an antistatic wriststrap with the components, and TBH I can't be arsed to go out and buy one. So I know that I need to take some precautions when handling the mobo and cpu (no wooly jumpers, no carpet, and always touch the metal on the case before touching the parts), as long as I take these precautions and discharge myself each time before touching the components, should I be O.K.?
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

Oh yeah, absolutely!!! Don't worry about the antistatic strap. Just make sure your other hand or skin makes contact with the metal chassis of the case or something conductive at the same time or right before you handle a component. It will discharge any electricity you may have built up.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

I have never used one.

I tend to touch a radiator close by which would get rid of it, and then try and handle the components by the sides only.

Three computers I've built now, which have all been fine, and I've built them with only socks on, kneeling on carpet, with the components on a chair or something...
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:52 AM   #4
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

So, how about if I'm standing on wood with just some trousers and a T-shirt on and touching the case whilst putting the components in then I should be fine?
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:57 AM   #5
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

If you have a radiator close by, or something that'll take charge away, I doubt anything will happen.

I think you'll be fine.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:00 PM   #6
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

It doesn't really matter where you're at really just as long as you are grounded in some way. Me, I usually have shorts on so I would have my leg touch the metal leg of a table or my arm would be in contact with the PC case chassis so I'm grounded at all times.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:01 PM   #7
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

what is the reality of static electricity actually buggering up your components? i hear people go on about it all the time but have never actually come across anyone who has done it
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:04 PM   #8
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Your body is a conductor for electricity when some type of friction is involved. This electron buildup can be transferred easily to whatever conductive material you touch, ie. metal, circuits, etc. When handling PC components that are sensitive in nature such as a motherboard (that can conduct electricity because of its components), you may inadvertanly transfer those electrons directly to the motherboard's sensitive circuitry causing a short which disrupt the whole flow of continuity. Then problem occurs.
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

i have an antistatic wrist strap and i found it just gets in the way. I've built computers without it and haven't had any problems. I just do what the others have said and just make sure to periodically touch a grounding source (like the metal case for instance). I don't wear socks though (especially wooly ones) but i have built computers on carpet without a problem.
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:26 PM   #10
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

It's also helps to handle the part with great care too. When handling video cards, motherboards, CPU, etc., it's best not to make contact with all the busses, capacitors, resistors, IC's, that 's actually on the board. Hold on to the edges as much as you can.
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It's also helps to handle the part with great care too. When handling video cards, motherboards, CPU, etc., it's best not to make contact with all the busses, capacitors, resistors, IC's, that 's actually on the board. Hold on to the edges as much as you can.
right, absolutely. I've found that in the manuals manufacturers instruct you to handle components by their edges and it is definitely something a person should follow.
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

your fine, all last year in my A+ class i never used one, as long as you take those precautions, to me more a waste of money unless your building lots of computers, then get a pad
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:32 PM   #13
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

I'll bet that a lot of the problems we see when users come on here with build problems may relate to this incidient with the static discharge or accidently mishandling the component. It's really, really hard to tell if the part's been shorted out somewhere since we're dealing with such ultra low voltages. Only way to tell is a direct swap of the component with another good one and if that works, the video card or whatever it may be is dead.
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

never used one also.. personally i think summer is the best time since theres more of an increase in humidity. but ESD has never been a major issue for me. also work on material that cant conduct electricity, like cardboard or something.
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I have never used one.

I tend to touch a radiator close by which would get rid of it, and then try and handle the components by the sides only.

Three computers I've built now, which have all been fine, and I've built them with only socks on, kneeling on carpet, with the components on a chair or something...
i do exactly the same everytime i move slightly across the carpet to get a screw driver / component jus tap the radiator and your fine,

I shud be more organised and have the stuff close by but i tend to touch the radiator 5 - 15 times per build, depending on how expensive the parts are,

when i built my mates e6600 a while ago it was like £700 worth of computer so i was hitting that radiator like it was a G spot on a pornstar
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

i use the straps most days.. where i work it is a requirement to use the straps whenever working on any open circuit cards, i also have an antistatic workbench to work on when im working on any jobs.. personally, if i was working on puter stuff i would use one, just cause i have done many, many courses on static damage..
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

just put your hands against your fridge or your case and your fine.

ive rebuilt my computer 3 or 4 times, never used a wrist wrap, never done anything. ive even reubuilt it on the carpet, and she still runs fine
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Default Re: No antistatic wriststrap.

I built mine on a carpeted floor wearing socks and I move my feet around a lot.... seriously, and nothing happened. you will be fine. if you are so worried, build it with a foot touching a radiator or on a hardwood surface (floor or table)
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