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Testing anti-static wrist straps


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little87

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I read that anti-static wrist straps should be tested to make sure they work before using. But how do you test them? Do you use a multi-meter or continuity tester? I'm going to be working inside my computer for the first time this weekend so I'd really like to have information on this.
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Personally I don't believe in anti-static wrist straps. Components are more resistant to static these days than they ever used to be, and the components are more likely to get killed by a power surge during a thunderstorm than your not using a strap. Providing you don't do silly things with the components that you know generate static (think the concept of sticking balloons to things via static) you should be fine.
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Personally I don't believe in anti-static wrist straps. Components are more resistant to static these days than they ever used to be


Does that apply to seven year old computers?
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Well with the number of spikes, surges and brown-outs it'll have seen over the last seven years (since it'll have had a cheapy power supply in it) and it's still going, I think you've answered your own question. Again, common sense prevails.
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all you need to do, is not do it on carpet, and just touch a non-painted metal servace in ur case, every once and a whhile and you will be fine.

I built 3 computers with out any anti static stuff and havnt had 1 prob.
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