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hi i have dumb question about static, when i was building my computer (i was building next to a lot of carpet, i used something like this http://www.computerchairmat.org/ to work on which was placed on top of the carpet) i thought discharging yourself was as simple as touching the case, i didnt know that the case was supposed to be connected to an outlet with the power supply in it to work. all i did was touch the case that WASNT connected to anything to discharge, i touched the case as often as i could before touching the cpu or the mb, i was wondering if this action was enough to discharge myself of static electricity. and in order to actually harm something with static electricity would i know i did or feel it? would i feel the actual shock or would it be something i dont notice? my computer seems to be running fine but i was just curious as i heard some shocks dont even harm your computer until later on. thanks and if this is the wrong place to ask then please let me know where to post this as i am completely new to this site. thanks in advance
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post #2 of 17
No you would necessarily feel actual shock being discharged. It only happens when you have lots of static build up. It don't usually build up that much on a normal day to day basis. e.g. touching a water tap usually drains it off, touching a radiator drains it off etc etc
So don't worry too much about it. Mind you, I was real panicky about this stuff until I started handling components without my anti static mat. lol.
    
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post #3 of 17
if you touch the inside of a metal case, and don't move you don't gain enough static electricity to kill anything unless you like put a sock on your hand and rub it on the carpet after you touch teh case and don't move from where you are standing.
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post #4 of 17
I used 2 mats that discharge static electricity, and used a anti-static wrist band. That's how paranoid i was if that's the right word for it, but eh my build works 100%. Pays to be more safe then sorry, and I'd hate to have to be the one to say: " I told you so". But if you ever touched your car door and got shocked, that's static electricity for ya.
    
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post #5 of 17
Nah, touching any bare metal will discharge static build up.

I have never used an anti static bracelet/wristband, or an anti static mat to build a computer on.
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post #6 of 17
Touching the case is usually enough as long as you dont go shuffling your feet on the carpet and then handle components.

I used to use my wrist strap religiously but after a while you figure out you dont need it. Just ground yourself to the case before handling any static sensitive components.
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post #7 of 17
I never use anti static gear either. I just make sure I touch something that is grounded before I start working and try not to move around a lot while touching the electronics.
    
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post #8 of 17
I don't use any anti static equitment besides anti static bags and some bubble wrap as a work space. I touch my case a lot and only a couple times I feel a shock.
    
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post #9 of 17
Ive built many computers on carpet with no problems. I dont have any anti-static equipment ,so I periodically touch my case to discharge. I live in Florida (very humid) so theres not a lot of static build up in the first place.
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post #10 of 17
Just touch the case simple enough

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