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Preventing ESD's while dusting

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by blingman, Oct 26, 2005.

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  1. blingman

    blingman Thread Starter

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    I seriously need to dust the inside of my computer, as well as perform some other routine maintenance. How can I dust the inside of it without causing an electrostatic discharge? Also is there any absolute and positive way to make sure you're grounded without using antistatic equipment? Lots of people say touching your case is enough, but I want to be extra careful because I can’t afford any new equipment should I screw up.
     
  2. imjerry

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    Hey, Just leave the power cord connected and the switch on the back of the power supply on "O" off and dust away with one hand on the Metal part of the Case and the can of Air in the other!! You will be fine!! After you close up the box, remember to turn the Power Switch back on "I"

    I clean mine once a month like that!! Never had a problem!!!
     
  3. GripS

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    I'm always messing with my computer with cleaning and cable management. Taking the case to an area that is not carpeted(like a bathroom or garage) is a good way to go and touching the case frame(metal) is pretty much all ya need to do at that point.
     
  4. gmanwill

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    blingman,
    Just pick up an anti-static wrist strap (they're pretty cheap) and clip it to the case, leaves you with both hands free and no worries, remember your comp. is worth a lot more than a $5 strap.

    gmanwill
     
  5. blingman

    blingman Thread Starter

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    Well if they're just 5 bucks then I suppose I'll just run down to Comp USA and pick one up before I screw around with stuff. By the way, I'm working on a feux wood table. Is it safe to put parts down on it?
     
  6. loserOlimbs

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    As long as its not plastic.

    Also use the canned air in short bursts so you don't freeze the board.
     
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