How to ground yourself? (without the wristband)

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#1 Posted by ish27 (1003 posts) -

The parts for my new rig should be arriving in two or three days, and I was wondering how I should ground myself, or what is the best way? I do not have, nor will I be purchasing, an antistatic wristband, so it would have to be an alternate method. I will be building it on a hardwood floor, if that changes anything.

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#2 Posted by eikast (196 posts) -

Just make sure you touch your case if it's steel

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#3 Posted by polarwrath11 (1674 posts) -
Keep touching parts of your unpainted case as this gives you contact with metal. Do so everytime you move as static can build up when you walk around. Btw a wooden floor aint exactly gonna conduct electricity away from your body. But at the same time a hardwood floor I've heard doesn't give you static unlike a carpet. Either way ground yourself as I explained above.
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#4 Posted by ish27 (1003 posts) -

The case that I have ordered is the Cooler Master 690. I haven't seen one of these yet, so what would be the steel area of it? From the pictures, it seems like it would be the drive bay shields?

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#5 Posted by subrosian (14232 posts) -
Any metal part of your case will do - the drive bays themselves should be unpainted metal, as are the bay shields, PSU casing (usually) and back case panels. - The main point is that if you discharge (spark) you want the spark to hit the case, not fry a sensitive motherboard component.
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#6 Posted by Nibroc420 (13571 posts) -

The case that I have ordered is the Cooler Master 690. I haven't seen one of these yet, so what would be the steel area of it? From the pictures, it seems like it would be the drive bay shields?

ish27
i've got the same case, there's alot of unpainted metal, nothing to worry about.
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#7 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24625 posts) -
The case has to be grounded to something, that's why you have to put in the PSU and hit the 0 switch when you build it. You don't have to, but that's what I do.
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#8 Posted by jimmyjammer69 (12239 posts) -
You'll be fine. Your radiator is probably earthed, so touching it from time to time will discharge any static electricity from your body. It also helps to do your installations barefoot and not to rub balloons against your hair while working on your PC.
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#9 Posted by vegita92 (224 posts) -
i don't understand this . u touch the case the whole time while building the pc? i have wooden floor too. can someone plz explain more?
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#10 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
Just touch the unpainted part of a radiator before you start and don't wear a wooly jumper, you don't need to earth your self constently
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#11 Posted by XaosII (16705 posts) -

i don't understand this . u touch the case the whole time while building the pc? i have wooden floor too. can someone plz explain more? vegita92

Ideally that would be the case, but its impractical to hold on to the case the entire time while building a computer. Thats what the wriststrap exists for, to be grounded the entire time by attaching it to the case as well.

The point of touching any metal part of the case everyone ince in a while as you build the PC is so that any static built up get discharged through the metal case. Considering how large and wide any case is compared to a wire, the electricity is dispersed so widely that it essentially becomes harmless. If you touched a metal part on your motherboard, because the components are so thin and small, its possible to give it a burst of static and damage something.

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#12 Posted by Ghost_loy (2447 posts) -

If your really so worried then buy a anti-static wristband. Here, you'll at least need a wristband and a good screwdriver.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261003

Alternatively I have both of these.....they came from 2 different kits:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261005

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261001

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#13 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -

If your really so worried then buy a anti-static wristband. Here, you'll at least need a wristband and a good screwdriver.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261003

Alternatively I have both of these.....they came from 2 different kits:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261005

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261001

Ghost_loy

:lol: You don't need any of those just go down to your local hardware store and buy a regular crosshead screw driver that's all you need for most builds. Needle nose pliers are useful for push pins if you're replacing a NB cooler for instance. You'll want a power drill if you're doing any modding or taking apart old rigs to to drill out rivets or stubborn screws.

That's all i've ever used in my PC.

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#14 Posted by Ghost_loy (2447 posts) -
All I said he would actually need is a wristband and a screwdriver :) Therefore I was not wrong. Okay, wristbands are optional but screwdrivers are not. :)
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#15 Posted by vegita92 (224 posts) -
so i touch the unpainted part of my case before i install any parts, and do so whenever i move?i
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#16 Posted by ravenguard90 (3064 posts) -

so i touch the unpainted part of my case before i install any parts, and do so whenever i move?i vegita92

Basically the idea. What we mean by move around is you walking around, shifting your legs on the floor (ie rubbing against carpet), and all that jazz. We don't mean you moving your arms to put components in place. Just to be safe, touch any metal inside your case (they tend to be unpainted) between installation of components.

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#17 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
so i touch the unpainted part of my case before i install any parts, and do so whenever i move?i vegita92
No just do it once every couple of hours.... with the case grounded you shouldn't have to think about grounding yourself as you're inevitably going to touch the case much more than is nessacery
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#18 Posted by howlrunner13 (4408 posts) -

I just wrapped a piece of copper wire around my leg and then the other end around the base of one of our radiators.

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#19 Posted by jimmyjammer69 (12239 posts) -

I just wrapped a piece of copper wire around my leg and then the other end around the base of one of our radiators.

howlrunner13
And when your parents found you half naked and tied to the radiator, poking inside your computer, what did they say?
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#20 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24625 posts) -
[QUOTE="howlrunner13"]

I just wrapped a piece of copper wire around my leg and then the other end around the base of one of our radiators.

jimmyjammer69
And when your parents found you half naked and tied to the radiator, poking inside your computer, what did they say?

Hot. Oh and tbh TC, if you're on a wood floor, you don't really need to worry about any of this. I have never lost anything to static, I never really take precautions.
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#21 Posted by 12345678ew (2353 posts) -

tie a copper wire from your toe over to something large and metal. or to the ground. works like a charm.

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#22 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24625 posts) -

tie a copper wire from your toe over to something large and metal. or to the ground. works like a charm.

12345678ew

Your cool level will be in negatives if someone sees that.

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#23 Posted by 12345678ew (2353 posts) -

that'll pretty much happen if your seen assembling a pc at all.... and that's why you don't have friends over to see until it's done and has flashy LEDs lol.

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#24 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -
Tip: just touch the metal parts of the case before each occasion you handle hardware. You don't need to hold onto the case. Just touch it briefly and then handle your hardware. If you walk around to go get a screw driver, touch the metal parts again and you'll be fine. I've handled PC Hardware dozens and dozens of times - I've never lost a piece due to static.
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#25 Posted by slayerpker (217 posts) -

if your really all that concerned about it, you can get a pair of anti-static gloves-- Ive seen them for 5 bucks at Fry's and occasionally at wallyworld for less...