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Old February 13, 2010, 10:25 PM
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Hello, I will be building a PC soon and I obviously do not want to fry any of my components, so I have a question.

I will be building my PC on a desk with a wood top and metal bottom, sitting on a concrete floor. If I connect the wrist strap to the metal bottom part, will this ground me? I have read about plugging the PSU in to the wall however there is no outlet available where I will be.

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Old February 13, 2010, 10:35 PM
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Run an exstension cord 3 prong Your going to need good light anyway. the round looking prong on the plug is ground.
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Old February 13, 2010, 11:02 PM
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That will ground you, yes. However, in that environment you really don't have to worry too much about being grounded.
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Old February 13, 2010, 11:21 PM
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I've never used an antistatic wrist strap, shame on me. I would venture a guess that many would be able to say the same thing though. Generally what i do before i handle components, and every few mins or so, is ground myself by touch the metal of the case. This only works if the psu is plugged into the wall, and in the case though. An alternative is touching the middle screw that holds the faceplate onto the receptacles on the wall, this is grounded (as long as not lathered in paint). During these winter months, this is more of a concern, as the humidity in the air is quite low, which promotes static.
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Old February 13, 2010, 11:33 PM
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It doesn't matter if the case is grounded or not, what matters is that you are the same electric potential as the case, so you don't create a little spark when touching things.

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Touch the case, touch the parts. Touch the case, touch the parts.

Although I ignore this a lot, and have never lost a part to ESD in 20 years of assembling computers. The parts are not nearly as sensitive to ESD as they were back in the 80's.
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Old February 14, 2010, 04:23 AM
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Yep, gotta agree there. Never lost a component to ESD, and never worn one of those wrist straps. When I'm inside the case, I'm always leaning against it. Not only do I achieve the same potential, it helps to steady these oldish hands, now if only I could see clearly eh.
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Old February 14, 2010, 05:49 AM
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+1 to never. You just have to touch the case few time when building and don't scratching your sock on a carpet ground you will be ok.
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Old February 14, 2010, 09:58 AM
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So I can confirm that if I connect the wrist strap to the metal part of the desk I will be fine. Sounds good.
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Old February 14, 2010, 10:18 AM
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ESD is so overrated.
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