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Electrostatic Discharge Strap

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  1. Dennis Leighton

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    Hi All,
    I am about to install a Firewire host card into my P.C. There seems to be two schools of thought on electrostatic discharge and the harm it can or cannot do to a P.C. I have been told that an E.D.S. wrist strap is essential by one school and not necessary by another. Before I take the back of my P.C. is someone able to advise, please? If a strap is essential can anyone advise where I can buy one. Many thanks.
     
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    How comfortable are you with electronic circuit boards etc.?

    If you have an esd strap then use it.
    If not, leave the mains lead plugged in (BUT TURNED OFF!!) for some earthing.
    Hold on to the metal frame of your pc to discharge any static.
    Then do the work you need to do but try to just handle the board on the edges.
     
  3. Dennis Leighton

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    Hi Kevenh,
    Very many thanks for your prompt reply. I haven't got a strap but your explanatin re-assures me so I will have a go as you indicate.
    Thanks,
     
  4. Dennis Leighton

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    Hi Kevenh,
    Thought I would just refer you to http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,82184,00.asp which appears to be a good article on static electricity and for someone as 'green' as me I think I had better try and find a wrist strap!! Have you any idea where I can find one - the chap at Keene's didn't know what I was talking about - he never uses things like that!
     
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    Try Maplin.

    Mark.
     
  6. Dennis Leighton

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    Hi Mark,
    Maplin have an EDS wrist strap for £9.99.
    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Hi,

    I built my own PC, and have never used one......
    As long as your ground yourself before you take the back off your PC, all should be OK.
     
  8. Dennis Leighton

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    Hi Duster,
    Many thanks. On the basis that I can just manage to change a fuse in a 13amp plug I didn't dare risk all the helpful suggestions I have received so I managed to buy an anti-static wrist strap!!
     
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    Hi Dennis Leighton,

    OK,

    Good Luck......I hope you dont blow it up!!!!


    Just kidding!.........Your be fine....... It will work....

    :clap:
     

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