Originally Posted by justanoldman
I was overly careful when delidding both my chip, so I took my time. During that time my hands would tend to sweat, therefore wearing gloves makes perfect sense to be able to handle the chip without having to worry about it or have to clean it all off later. You are correct that my post was incomplete, I used the gloves to avoid sweat/dirt/oil transfer and an anti static wristband (that came with my handy dandy computer builder tool kit) to avoid static. I also made sure to touch something metal a few times to make sure and I did it on a nonconductive surface.
No, no, no, no, no. You used insulated gloves, and a non-conductive surface. There is a reason we use conductive mats on our desks for ESD protection. If you want to wear gloves, use something natural that does not promote the generation of static electricity. The fact you put a band on means nothing if you are wearing an insulator, it just means one side of the capacitor that is your hands is earthed. You want your hands to be conductive, your desk to be conductive and your tools to be conductive. Touching some earthed metal with your insulated gloves is nothing more than superstition. You are discharging that particular spot on your gloves, but there is nothing to conduct any other static to earth.
I know these chips are pretty rugged, and you obviously took some precautions, but please try to understand that the weak links in your protection chain mean it is (a) incomplete, and (b) potentially worse than having no protection at all. Rubber gloves are never good with electronics unless they are conductive ( and for all forms of gloves found by anyone on this board they are _never_ conductive ). If you want to use gloves, use cotton.
Have a read of this : http://www.sony.net/Products/SC-HP/tec/catalog/pdf/chapter4_e_201108.pdfEdited by fnarfbargle - 4/7/13 at 12:29pm