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I use rubber gloves when I build computers, or replace parts mainly to reduce the amount of static electricity and to limit the amount of finger prints on my parts. It isn't really necessary and boils down to personal preference. My palms sweat a lot and nobody wants palm sweat on their new computer....
post #12 of 23
Just a word of caution: you can build up a static charge when working with plastic gloves. Plastics, while not conductive, can pick up a static charge. If you are worried about finger prints and chose to use gloves then I'd suggest making sure you are grounded with a bracelet or just skip the gloves all together and handle components by the outermost edges.
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Just a word of caution: you can build up a static charge when working with plastic gloves. Plastics, while not conductive, can pick up a static charge. If you are worried about finger prints and chose to use gloves then I'd suggest making sure you are grounded with a bracelet or just skip the gloves all together and handle components by the outermost edges.
Latex and nitrile aren't plastic derivatives, but are nonetheless pointless to use in assembling hardware.
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Just a word of caution: you can build up a static charge when working with plastic gloves. Plastics, while not conductive, can pick up a static charge. If you are worried about finger prints and chose to use gloves then I'd suggest making sure you are grounded with a bracelet or just skip the gloves all together and handle components by the outermost edges.
Yep, that's the basis for a capacitor. Any electrically insulating material can build up a charge on two opposing positions. Conductors don't build up a charge because the electrons move so easily that they move to equalize before you get enough of a charge to cause problems. Personally I wouldn't recommend using latex or rubber gloves while handling electronics.

That said, I've never actually used a bracelet or anything to prevent static buildup. Most of my builds are done straight on the carpet. I just keep the PSU plugged into the wall (PSU switch off) and keep a hand on the chassis somewhere to stay grounded. If I let go I make sure to touch the chassis again before touching anything else.
post #15 of 23
I use them when building or installing something I don't want big smudgy prints on like my hyper 212.
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Latex and nitrile aren't plastic derivatives, but are nonetheless pointless to use in assembling hardware.
Poor word choice on my part. Good catch.
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post #17 of 23
I still don't use anything though I live in Florida, too dang hot and humid hear for much of a static charge in a house with no carpeting, no a/c either so no worries about de humidified air.
I usually just throw my computer up on top of my 15s box and get to workin but I never actually touch the pcbs only the outer edge.
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post #18 of 23
Its not very hard to avoid getting finger prints on your components, you just have to be careful where you put your grubby paws.


I think it looks better (which is what its for) in pictures to have the gloves on, cause some people have gross hands.


EX. Overweight people have hands with no knuckles, and normal/skinny people have veins and tendons showing on their hands.


Just my opinion, I'd rather see white than someones hands.
post #19 of 23
i tend to sweat, so i will wear them to prevent that from transferring onto the parts.
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I just build my computers outside buck nekkid so im always grounded and cant creat any static
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