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#1 CakeIsTrue

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:21 PM

Hi, i'm about to build a new system from scratch and I was looking for some advice considering grounding. I have an antistatic mat and straps and the way I was taught to use them was to plug both into ground.

Now my problem: I checked all my wall outlets at home and they are properly wired (ground works), but when I take off the alligator clips on the strap/mat and stick them in the ground they have a very loose fit so i'm not sure if they are connected properly. (I have a multimeter but no idea how to use it yet)

Some people already suggested I should just touch an unpainted part of my case and not worry about using antistatic equipment (or just attach wrist strap to unpainted part). The problem there is I'm using a cooler master storm scout for my build and correct me if i'm wrong, but I cannot find any unpainted part on the interior.

What can I do to ground myself and/or my case?

I was thinking for the case would this work: screw in the new psu first, connect to wall and leave off/not connected to any hardware until everything is in (the screws I have seem dark and the psu is painted too so i'm not sure if that would be a problem or not)

any advice/help really appreciated

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:53 PM

as far as unpainted just about anything works, the racks the CD drives mount to, motherboard tray, etc. and as far as the clips being loose, as long as they attach thats fine, just be careful not to dislodge when moving. me personally, I dont even own any anti static equipment. I just dont move my feet and touch something metal inside my case before I ever touch a part, and I like to work over linoleum or carpet that I know doesn't conduct static electricity (my apartment doesnt) just to be extra safe. those straps are handy and nice, but if your careful not needed, ive build dozens of computers without them without frying one of them.

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