Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

DIY anti-static wrist strap

Posted on 2002-03-12
6
Medium Priority
?
3,742 Views
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I'm about to clean the CPU fan and was advised to wear a wrist strap against Electro Static Discharge damage to the sensitive components. I've not seen a anti-static wrist strap and I hate town's traffic jam , just to purchase one. If these strap are not high tech stuff, is there a way to DIY ?
0
Comment
Question by:hhheng
6 Comments
 

Accepted Solution

by:
m-coon earned 40 total points
ID: 6856345
take a peice of wire (any thickness) about a yard long. Strip the insulation off of each end. Tape one end to your wrist and fasten the other to the chassis of the computer. This will do the same thing.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:tmj883
ID: 6856382
...and have the advantage of electrocution you should you contact a live circuit, do NOT follow the advice from m-coon. Anti-static straps are protected from same. Simply ground yourself by touching the case as you work. Pick up the proper tools when you have the opportunity. T
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:RoadWarrior
ID: 6856443
The important thing about antistatic wrist strap and other antistatic equipment is that they have a built in resistance to allow charges to leak away slowly without sparking or arcing. So, if you were going to rig your own, it would be an idea to put a 100K Ohm resistor on the end between you and the ground. This would also prevent electrocution.

Road Warrior
0
New Tabletop Appliances Blow Competitors Away!

WatchGuard’s new T15, T35 and T55 tabletop UTMs provide the highest-performing security inspection in their class, allowing users at small offices, home offices and distributed enterprises to experience blazing-fast Internet speeds without sacrificing enterprise-grade security.

 

Expert Comment

by:m-coon
ID: 6856490
ELECTROCUTION from a maximum of 12 volts that is present? He is working with a CPU and fan - Not a power supply. It is near impossible to do the work WHILE HOLDING ONTO THE COMPUTER CHASSIS... He said he doesn't want to buy the "proper tools" - This was a logical substitute based on what he said and asked. Sorry I offended you guys with my proposed solution.
0
 

Author Comment

by:hhheng
ID: 6856721
There wouldn't be any electrocution because I will be disconnecting the power supply to the PC. Only then I will start removing the CPU fan. So "m-coon" is right in proposing a logical substitute. But however, "roadwarrior" has technically point out that it is important that the resistant built up to be allow to leak away. Also "tmj883" has earlier advised to obtain the proper tools when I have the opportunity. I agree that proper anti-static tools should be used. Since I asked for a DIY , I accept "m-coon"'s novel idea as an alternative to proper anti-static wrist strap.

Thanks

Cheers..

0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:RickHulshof
ID: 6856731
Actually holding on is possible - All you need to do is make sure one arm is resting on the case at all times. All above comments good idea's. (just make sure to unplug the computer while working on it is all I would add) Also if you have a can of compressed air ( the best way to clean this ) you don't need to touch anything inside ( I'm not sure if this is how he was going to clean ) BTW - if you are going the use a vacuum to clean make sure you ground the handle with a piece of wire like M-Coon recommended- Vacs- can build alot of static charge.

Rick
0

Featured Post

Get your Conversational Ransomware Defense e‑book

This e-book gives you an insight into the ransomware threat and reviews the fundamentals of top-notch ransomware preparedness and recovery. To help you protect yourself and your organization. The initial infection may be inevitable, so the best protection is to be fully prepared.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This co…
If you're a modern-day technology professional, you may be wondering if certifications are really necessary. They are. Here's why.
Video by: ITPro.TV
In this episode Don builds upon the troubleshooting techniques by demonstrating how to properly monitor a vSphere deployment to detect problems before they occur. He begins the show using tools found within the vSphere suite as ends the show demonst…
this video summaries big data hadoop online training demo (http://onlineitguru.com/big-data-hadoop-online-training-placement.html) , and covers basics in big data hadoop .

876 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question