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Old 03-05-2008, 08:45 PM #1
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Default Grounding Idea

Well after much thought of easy ways I could ground myself, I have thought of one good way.

my work place is really close to a window, so I thought maybe if I stuck a metal stake in the ground, attached wire to it, and threaded it through the window. Then I would tie it to my wrist.

would that ground me? and also, I have heard of putting a resistor on the part that goes around my wrist (actually it could go anywhere), but what size resistor?


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i would think the larger the resistor the better. all its going to do is slow any current getting grounded so it doesnt spike and fry whatever your working on.
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Default Re: Grounding Idea

More to the point you don't get fried if you touch something live.
Go to your local electronics place, they will have proper antistatic wrist straps for about $5. Clip the end of it to any exposed metal on an appliance (computers are good) with a 3 pin plug. Or you can directly ground that.
They have a 1 megaohm (1,000,000 ohm) resistor in them.
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Default Re: Grounding Idea

That would work. The ground is grounded pretty well.

Assuming your building is up to code, you can also get a ground from any electrical socket... either by jamming a wire into the bottom hole of the plug, or by wrapping it around the screw holding the socket in place.

Pictured is an a north american socket, I'm not sure what ground is on foreign sockets, but the screw should at least be grounded.
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