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June 12, 2005, 10:12 pm
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You are right, I should have been discussing the box, if segregated from
everything else except a good ground, or just sitting isolated on rubber feet,
and not connected to nothing.
I just get bugged sometimes at people installing everything with the greatest of
care, conductive carbon-fiber gloves @$100 per, etc, and then either a)
continuing to be afraid of operating a proper system if it might rain or b) just
plugging it in to an untested outlet.
Both extremes bug me, and I should have better explained what I meant and left
Faraday out of it.
<the concept of a faraday box is the stuff *inside* a grounded or isolated box
is safe from even intense fields around it - why the safest place to be in a
thunderstorm on a wide-open stretch of road is in your car, cushioned and
isolated by an additional layer of plastic/leather/whatever from the steel
around you. Probably even enough metal in a Corvette to do the job.>
Re: You've gotten a lot of Bad Advice
Re: Bit of wire as good as an antistatic strap?
Agreed. One easy way to assure grounding that is cheap too, is to cut the
two power plugs off a power cable and plug the system in. Most of us have a
few of those around if you have been working on these things for awhile.
This, of course, assumes your outlet and home ground is good. All you have
to do is touch the case to assure your body is discharged and you are fine.
As far as gloves are concerned, never used them and never saw them used in
any shops around here. Ground straps are sometimes mandatory, but by no
means in every shop.