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Styrofoam cooler/chest ok for electronics project?

I'm building a DIY power supply using 6 server power supplies. I've been looking for a case/enclosure to hold them and the necessary wiring and came across a styrofoam cooler that's the perfect size ...
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Ground anti-static bracelet without ground wire

I recently damaged a IC with my own static while soldering it. So I decided to buy a anti-static bracelet, but.. here where I live (Brazil) almost no building has proper grounding, only neutral and ...
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Why is there a voltage between the mains ground and my radiator?

I have an anti-static mat that comes with a plug that only has a ground lead. Out of curiosity, I measured the voltages between the live, neutral, ground, and my radiator. As expected, there is ...
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Is there a relatively inexpensive form of double sided tape that would be safe to use (i.e., low static) for mounting a sensor? [closed]

Apologies in advance if this question would be best directed elsewhere: I am working on a wearable project, and would like to attach two small IMUs ( see product page here) to some fabric. Each ...
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What is the smallest metal object you can ground yourself with?

Say I am installing a new CPU in my desktop motherboard and I am interested in grounding myself (by touch or one of those nifty bracelets) to avoid damaging my components. What is the nature of ...
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Are anti-static bags needed for storing electronic components?

Should I keep the sensors in the anti-static bags or are the bags only needed when shipping? As the anti-static bags are inconvenient and often too big to put the sensor into a compartment in my ...
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How should I use a static-shielding bag prior to opening, and why?

After grounding the ESD mat and wearing the properly grounded anti-static wrist strap, what is the correct process to take the contents out of the static-shielding bag and take it onto the antistatic ...
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Can a grounded static-shielding antistatic bag be used as a circuitry work surface to protect from ESD?

Basically, I have looked around about how to take proper care with respect to ESD and I am quite confused. I know an antistatic bag of any type would not provide additional protection from ESD if used ...
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How to convert a metal work table surface for electronic work?

I have a 23" x 60" metal work table...the kind that restaurants use for prep work. I'm using it as my computer table & electronics workstation. I want to make the surface non-conductive in the ...
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How do I test my gloves for ESD?

There is a lot of fake products in the market, and sometimes the original products fail to protect electronic components from ESD. My question is how do I test my gloves "with simple equipment" if it ...
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Anti-Static Soldering Mat - Makes hair stand on end?

I bought this (supposedly) anti-static soldering mat, because I was ruining my standard ESD mat when I would go to reflow things. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X97Y379/ref=...
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Resistance to ground for ESD protection

I want to set up an electronic work area. I'm worried about ESD etc. I'm confused why some aspects of ESD precautions require high resistance to ground (1 Megohm for wrist straps) and others need to ...
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Easily available alternative to anti static bags

I want to pack some electronic components, but I don't have an anti static bag. Are there any easily available materials that can be used instead. Any frugal tricks ?? Thanks in advance.
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Electrostatic precaution for sensitive chip

I just figure out today that I always manipulate chips with the "Electrostatic sensitive devices" sign by hand. I never use a grounding bracelet or even a clamp. Even if I doesn't take such precaution,...
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Antistatic bag inside plastic bag?

I had to store a computer motherboard were the cardboard box was lost. The motherboard is in the original antistatic bag still closed with tape. I decided to put it inside a regular plastic bag ...
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What makes my screwdrivers ESD safe?

I needed a new screwdriver set and found one called T4741SESD. In the product description it says the following: ...
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Motherboard backside traces touching antistatic mat. What happens?

On the backside of an ATX motherboard there are several traces. Clearly visible. A certain quantity of these traces is connected straight to the ground-plane. What happens when an unpowered board (...
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Bonding yourself via GND pin of an USB-port?

A simple EPA (ESD Protected Area) consists of 3 things: wrist strap antistatic mat common point ground When doing field service (installing/replacing hardware parts) the ESD sensitive part goes ...
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Resistor or low impedance path between common ground point and mains earth?

A simple EPA (ESD Protected Area) consists of 3 things: wrist strap antistatic mat common point ground Wrist strap and antistatic mat both should grounded to the common point ground. ANSI/ESD S6.1 ...
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Cleaning a computer CPU - Do gauze pads with polyester in them cause ESD?

Do gauze pads, the type used for scrapes or burns, cause ESD if they have a mix of polyester in them? What if the polyester mix gauze pads have rubbing alcohol on them too? They don't have any lint ...
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ESD - Is it safe to connect yourself to an electrical outlet?

Is it safe to connect yourself to an electrical outlet? Either directly or indirectly. I would prefer to not connect myself directly to an electrical outlet, via (as I've heard) attaching a wrist ...
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Antistatic mat instead of antistatic wrist strap?

Just to make sure, before doing something silly: can i place a 2nd antistatic (dissipative) mat on the floor (along the 1st mat on the table) and stand on it with bare feet? Instead of wearing an ...
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Questions on basic ESD safely

Let me first apologize as I know this topic appears to have been discussed extensively yet something isn't clicking for me after researching over many days in stack, google, and youtube! I want to ...
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Do antistatic gloves help avoiding ESD?

On page 11 of this ESD Book: ESD sensitive device can experience a damaging discharge if touched by a person, even if that person is properly grounded. Increasing the electrical path'...
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Avoiding ESD on a new Graphics Card?

Would it make sense to connect the GND pins of an 8-pin PCIe power connector to a common point ground (which is at earth potential) and then plug that dummy connector into my new GFX card, before ...
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Using field emission to discharge low voltage static

I am looking for information on the efficacy of using field emission techniques to discharge low voltage static in microbalances. One method used in the past was to use a Polonium source to produce ...
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How would I test the continuity of an anti-static wrist band?

I am looking to purchase some anti-static gear for when working on electronics(I'm assuming all electronics should be worked with on an anti-static pad, that's correctly grounded, correct?), and ...
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Resistor near point-of-contact for better ESD-protection?

This question is about ESD-protection while installing/removing components (RAM, SSDs, etc.) inside a PC. When grounding the GND of an USB-port to earth or to my wrist strap (as advised earlier) the ...
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Anti-static mat connected to earth directly or 1E6 ohm resistor?

Should an anti-static mat be connected to earth directly or with 1E6 ohm resistance in between? 2 layer mat. Upper side: dissipative (10E7 ~ 10E10 ohm/m²). Bottom: conductive. To be a little more ...
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Anti-static home setup

As suggested in an answer to an earlier question of mine, bonding to a laptop can be done by connecting an anti-static wrist strap to the ground of an USB-port. (After disconnecting the AC-to-DC ...
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Grounding a laptop through the DC-jack?

I would like to reach zero potential difference between me and my laptop (to avoid ESD) before opening the back cover. I'll connect my wrist strap to a common ground point, thru a resistorized coil ...
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Static shielding bag instead of a anti-static worksurface mat?

A typical static shielding bag has a surface resistance of +/-10E11 ohm, inside surface and outside surface. Let's say there's a DDR3 module inside a static shielding bag in such a way that all the ...
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Should there really be 1 MΩ resistance between an anti-static wrist strap and a pc?

My previous question: what exactly is grounded through motherboard standoffs? The answers suggest that a PC case is grounded in 2 ways: To the ground plane of the motherboard, through the brass ...
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Anti-static wrist strap around your wrist or around your ankle?

Does it matter whether you wear your anti-static wrist strap around your wrist or around your ankle?
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Metal anti-static wrist band better than fabric wrist strap?

Anti-static wrist straps come in 2 flavours: fabric strap or metal band. A metal band is more expensive, but is it better? Or is it just for cleanrooms? The fabric strap is attached to a little metal ...
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IC storage using conductive cases?

I am trying to plan a set-up to store/organize DIP ICs as my am starting to build up a small collection. I would prefer to keep them inserted in a sheet of appropriate foam in a case. I found these ...
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Static discharge of large items (metal)

We have a cabinet which is flushed with dry air and the metal instrumentation inside it tends to build up an unwanted charge. Obviously parts of the machinery are not sufficiently earthed (working on ...
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When shipping electronic components, can I reduce static by using dryer sheets or sprays?

Can I use dryer sheets, or anti-static spray on polyurethane foam to reduce static between the foam and the polypropylene container the foam is in? I need to ship some ESD sensitive electronics ...
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How to protect electronics from static electricity during shipping

I have some electronics (EDIT: electronics are in enclosures, but with lots of wires coming out of the enclosures; the electronics are a part of a prototype) with ESD sensitive components I need to ...
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Can an item be damaged if placed on the outside of an anti-static bag

Some people warn against removing an item (eg. a graphics card) from an anti-static bag and placing it on top of the bag. Others say the bag should be turned inside out. Others say there's no problem. ...
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Connect anti-static wrist strap to earth wire?

I have started doing some hobby electronics at home and got myself an anti-static srtist strap recently. I am unsure as to where to attach it to. Most topics I found online regarded PC building and ...
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Can Sill Gasket Foam Be Used As Anti-Static Foam?

Recently been desoldering a lot of parts and was wondering if Sill Gasket is at all similar and sufficient as anti-static foam for storing ICs. http://insulation.owenscorning.ca/builders/products/...
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Can anti-static tweezers replace wrist straps?

I need to solder ESD-sensitive components. Can I get rid of my ESD wrist strap if my tweezers are anti-static?
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Antistatic mat , how it works?

I have a large anti-static mat lying on the table of my workdesk, which looks like this. And it's connected to ground through the wall outlet from one point, meaning it's an open-loop: Let's say I ...
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Designing an anti-static enclosure for sensitive electronics

I was a little disappointed to discover that I managed to fry a brand new Raspberry Pi camera module. After testing on multiple hardware and triple checking all the connectors, I was forced to ...
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Are all pink bags anti static?

I was shipped a USB dongle in a small pink baggie. If it's an anti-static bag I would love to re-use it. How sure can I be that it is, and is there a way to test it?
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Why use an antistatic solvent dispenser bottle?

What reasons are there to have an antistatic solvent dispenser bottle (for cleaning your PCBs after soldering) as opposed to a solvent dispenser bottle that is not antistatic rated? I am specifically ...
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Resistance across materials

I'm planning to use 2 PCBs to sandwich some conductive foam - to use it as a force sensing resistor (FSR). In order to tie them together and add them to a metalic suport I'll be using M4 metalic ...
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Avoiding static shocks from vehicles

I don't entirely understand static electricity; particularly how it seems to flow through rubber shoes and paint, but seemingly not rubber tyres or car seats. I am tired of getting shocks from my van....
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Static shocks all over the building

I just came from the local library, it’s quite big, and most of it is made of an architectural design using mostly painted metal book shelves painted with some kind of anticorrosive paint along with ...