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Latex gloves vs grounded wristband for repairing?


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#1 Tragedy1191

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:50 PM

When it comes to repairing or upgrading a computer, what is a good choice... latex gloves or a grounded wristband? Can you provide the pros and cons for each?



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:26 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/484117/upgrade-ram/?p=3016084


<snip> get some latex gloves on your hands, or maybe even google for countermeasures against ESD (electrostatic discharge). <snip>

I would definitely Google how to prevent or minimize ESD. I would however NOT use latex gloves. Ever rub a balloon?

Latex is not ESD compliant. The material, when rubbed against itself, creates a triboelectric effect (also referred to as a tribo effect or triboelectic charging). This means it creates an electric charge, and makes the material unsuitable for electronics applications.

Above quote from: http://www.gsfcc.org/index.php?title=Alternatives_To_Latex

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:43 PM

I prefer barefoot on a linoleum floor, and just being careful to ground myself on the case. With that being said, those wristbands arnt that expensive, but I would avoid latex gloves like the plague. Might as well put your socks on, drag your feet across the carpet, and then take your chances. Just sayin. :D


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:02 PM

Ok then wristband it is! I ask only because I thought I saw someone using those doctor gloves holding a CPU somewhere on youtube... I'm sure those doctor gloves are latex so I might as well ask.  I just know building my first computer will be a paranoid experience for me D= 



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:01 AM

hehe first one usually is. Word of advice, helped me out, before building your computer, find an old one, that someones getting rid of or something, something that works but is absolutly worthless, and do a couple test runs on it first, take apart, rebuild (including re-applying thermal paste) and repeat again, that way your good and comfortable with handling computer parts, before you handle something that youve spent money on. And if you happen to mess up, no big deal, you messed up a dinosaur that no one cares about anymore and you learned how not to do that on the new system.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:22 AM

Cool, I actually have a laptop someone gave me. The Motherboard is fried so I'll just play around with it and maybe I can replace it soon and see if that works out. thanks for the advice man



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:52 AM

sometimes it doesnt hurt to dumpster dive behind computer shops and find 2 or 3 that theyve thrown away and mix and match to see if you can get them running again.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

I ran into this when i installed some RAM. I used latex gloves thinking that my skin or oils or acids could not come in contact with the physical RAM stick. I was proven extremely wrong in another BC topic a few weeks ago. i would just google it and read up on the best method. by the way, my RAM installation went seamlessly, which is why i gave that ill-fated advice about the gloves.


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