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Computer Tech ESD Wrist Strap? Do They Work/Where To Buy?


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I've walked into a lot of pc shops and noticed that most techs use some sort of wrist strap while they service the inside of pcs.

What are these called?

Do they work 100% against ESD?

What are the pros and cons of them?

Do you need one for each hand?

Where can I buy one for cheap using paypal?

& do they sell gloves that do the same kind of thing?

Edited by superstar, 29 April 2007 - 12:12 AM.

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Hi suuperstar. Just do a google search and you find all kinds
of wrist ground straps. :whistling:
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They are grounding straps. They are used to take any static you have away from you and the electronic device and send it to ground. Thereby eliminating zapping/ electrically damaging a component.

Do They work? I use them all the time when I work on anything electronic. The chance of blowing a component is far greater and I would rather be safe.
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Go to any local Circut city or best buy, thats where I bought mine :whistling:
I highly recommend them, for 6$ it's alot of added protection against static electricity.
Only one is needed.
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Edited by james_8970, 29 April 2007 - 09:35 PM.

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if you wanna get super spiffy...you can actually make your own...all you need is an aligator clip...some wire and a wrist band....you make sure that the wire on the end with the wrist band can touch your skin...and the other is attached to the alligator clip
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although it's not really worth the hassle for 5-8$, or to me anyways.
James

Edited by james_8970, 30 April 2007 - 03:19 PM.

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where's your sense of adventure? where's youre DIY spirit? hehe why don't people like making things for themselves anymore? i've NEVER bought an ESD strap...why pay 6 to 8 bucks for 30 cents worth of equipment?
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I still build my PCs wearing socks while standing on carpet. Haven't lost one in over 7 years.
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They certainly are worth using. I am not sure where to buy--Newegg would be a good candidate--but be sure to get reliable equipment.
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if you wanna get super spiffy...you can actually make your own...all you need is an aligator clip...some wire and a wrist band....you make sure that the wire on the end with the wrist band can touch your skin...and the other is attached to the alligator clip



That's a [bleep] good idea, oh and by the way I love DIY projects too. Keep on being original Dsenette.

Go to any local Circut city or best buy, thats where I bought mine thumbsup.gif
I highly recommend them, for 6$ it's alot of added protection against static electricity.
Only one is needed.
James


Thanks James, although I love DIY projects I'll just spend the $6 and buy one from Circut City. Thanks for the info. If you wouldn't have said I only needed one I would have bought one for each wrist. What a fool I would have made myself out to be! lol.

I still build my PCs wearing socks while standing on carpet. Haven't lost one in over 7 years.


That's risky Whiskeyman... That's the main reason why I need one. My entire home is carpeted and I clean out my pc every month using a can of compressed air. I touch things inside on occasion or install components too. Yikes!

Edited by superstar, 01 May 2007 - 08:45 PM.

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I still build my PCs wearing socks while standing on carpet. Haven't lost one in over 7 years.

Trust me, once you fry something you'll wonder why you didn't spend the money. We are dealing with a 8$ strap for added protection against 1000$'s in hardware. For the added insurence, why wouldn't you buy a strap.
Also if you live in a humid climate you should be fine, but once the air gets dry.....watch out. I keep that humidifier goin :whistling:
James
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