How do you -really- ground yourself?
February 28, 2008 9:11 PM Subscribe
Help me clear up my understanding of how to ground myself when working on my computer.
posted by GleepGlop to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I generally thought that as long as I touch something metal that can conduct a charge to the earth without being interrupted by say, my rubber shoe soles, then I was 'grounding myself'. And I figured that even if I am not in constant contact with said metal object, as long as I wasn't shuffling around on the carpet in my socks I wouldn't build up a sufficient static charge if I hadn't touched the metal object in a couple of minutes. Now I fear I may be completely off base what with talk of static discharge wrist bands that you attach to your ground plug in your electricity socket, and talk of leaving the computer plugged in to ensure that the ground is being reached through the ground plug...
I generally work on my computer on the carpet but I figure it doesnt matter because usually i will put a metal object under my foot. How does one ground oneself?