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[Update] V2.0 DIY anti-static strap.
Don't want to pay for a anti static strap? and don't feel like keeping a hand on your case during installation? well now you don't have to with the DIY antistatic guide!

Note:Before you work inside your case, you should always unplug your psu and discharge the capacitor by pressing the power button after your rig is unplugged. [This is for your own safety, it will prevent you from frying your rig or your self.]

For materials you will need some double sided velcro, a ring terminal, double sided aligator clip, some copper wire and a nut and bolt.



so the first thing you need to put a hole in your velcro and put the bolt through the hole. then put the ring terminal and the bolt and screw the nut on like so...



then put the copper wire into the ring terminal and crimp it so the wire is stuck in there nice and good, clip your aligator clip onto the wire and your all done!







Note:Some people say that if you attach your static strap to a portion of painted metal it will no longer conduct a charge. It is your decision to believe this or not. But if you feel like playing it safe you can take some sandpaper and sand down an inconspicuous area until the metal shows.

And there you have it a anti static strap. the materials will probably cost you under three dollars at radioshack, if your a DIY kind of person you'll probably have this stuff just lying around like I did. How this helps anyone out there looking to save a few bucks.

[Update]

As some of you notice the only real thing that this strap doesnt have that commercial straps is a resistor. The only benefit of having a resistor....now that I think of it, I can't really think of reason to have one on a strap. But regardless I decided to try to make one on the cheap.


First! cut open a pencil, and take out the graphite




This length of graphite was about 50 ohms



splice it into the copper wire on your strap. I just twisted the copper around and super-glued it




I had this metal sheathing heatshrinky stuff, which I place over the graphite to protect it.

Thats it, pretty simple and dirt cheap.
Edited by (mirror)52-D.S.L. - 5/11/11 at 8:10pm
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The Cookie made me lol.....
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omg thanks! lol i was thinking i should buy one but then i saw this D: time to go to my electronics class and "borrow" a couple of aligator clips and some wires. muahahaha. (im jk, imma ask my teacher )
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Is the cookie included? Nice thread! +rep
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What's the cookie used for?
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Its weird how this whole thread is how to make a DIY static strap but we are just talking about the cookie....
Hmm I think i want some cookies.. I dont know why
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Why would you need this? Haven't fried any of my systems and I don't ground myself, I often work on carpet, and I have cats.
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hahah I well had just made some cookies to energize me for my build and I figured every diy need ans easter egg!

but since you guys found it so fast, maybe I should have hidden it better maybe in my case somewhere?
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I did two builds recently and didn't require the bands..although it would be useful..I just used my psu..but I like guides like this...makes it comprehensive
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Quote:
Originally Posted by (mirror)52-D.S.L. View Post
Well thanks for the input! I'll make sure to make a change in my guide! I'll even include a shout out to you!
I'm no expert but I think metal is conductive painted or not painted when electricity goes to run through it. Would painted umbrella's be safe in a lightning storm...? And wouldn't paint canceling out metal's conductivity make the ghetto have a hand on the case counter to ESD null? I mean, everything I've learned in life is contradicted by what he said so I'm going to safely assume he is wrong.
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