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lostsoul62
11-10-2010, 09:45 AM
I've built about a thousand computers on the job and dozens personally and didn't wear a Anti Static Wrist Strap but I haven't built one for 3 years so with all this new technology I wonder if using Anti Static Wrist Strap is a good idea or just watch what you're doing?

Speedy Gonzales
11-10-2010, 09:47 AM
Up to you really. I've never used one before. And everything still works

nedkelly
11-10-2010, 09:56 AM
When working on my pcs I dont usually use one, but with other peoples pcs I always use one

DeSade
11-10-2010, 09:59 AM
I always use one, and you just reminded me that I really need to replace it.

Battleneter2
11-10-2010, 10:01 AM
Static mats are more common in workshops, however even using common sense goes a long way.

Don't hold Ram, video cards by its conductive pins, hold it by the non conductive PCB edges etc. A PC plugged in but not powered on is to some degree earthed anyway. Avoid working on carpet.

I also believe the effect static shock on modern components is not as great as 20 years ago, Component reliability is vastly superior in general.

pctek
11-10-2010, 10:11 AM
I don't have a strap. But I do use an anti=static mat (earthed) and do earth the PC case, then touch it when handling components to earth myself.

better safe than sorry.

Chilling_Silence
11-10-2010, 10:26 AM
What Battleneter2 said... Good advice!

I've never used one, and never fried a part, though a bit of common sense has probably helped there ;)

nedkelly
11-10-2010, 07:14 PM
I really should look at getting a mat, just currently got no where to put one