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    I've only used one once when working on a brand new HP server about 3 years ago.

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    I've never used a wristband, except once on a course.

    Like others, I leave the machine plugged in with the mains switched off and usually attempt to station myself next to something like a radiator, so I can earth myself if I have a fit of anxiety.

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    Never used one, I don't usually leave anything plugged in either, I just don't do the Family Guy onesie-static-suit thing, make balloon animals or build machines near Van Der Graff generators. Usually tap the case periodically throughout any build though, in 6 years I've killed presicely 0 items due to static.

    Older PC kit is more sensitive to it by a long way (pre-socket A days...), modern stuff is a lot more resiliant.

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    If you do use a wristband, don't let it get wrapped round, say, a SATA or IDE cable. Hard disks *really* hate hitting the floor when running.

    Conclusion: more harm than good

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    I cheat - i've glued grounded anti-static mats to our workbench.

    It also depends how much the hardware costs. Desktop PC? Probably won't bother. Installing components in a £5,000 server? Static band it is.

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    As an antistatic precaution none of the ICT support team are permitted to come to work wearing spandex. The same rule has been applied to the site staff, not sure why.

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    I've had a wrist band since I started working in IT and it's been in the bottom of my tool case all that time never seen the light of day

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    General PC's: Never used one, never had a problem, just tap the case every now and again.

    Servers/ Expensive Equipment: Use one, rather safe than sorry even if its all a gimmick.

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    I use a home made Faraday cage,



    not really no I just touch the outside of the case

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    The closest ive ever been to being safe, is touching a radiator or other large body of metal to discharge static, then touch the PC case.

    To be honest Ive never found it to be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    As an antistatic precaution none of the ICT support team are permitted to come to work wearing spandex. The same rule has been applied to the site staff, not sure why.
    I wear something like spandex to work, like a cotton and poly mix, very comfee. Never had an issue with static, leave PC plugged in and usually on. Dont usually work on servers too much. But probably wouldn't bother on them ither. I dont ware sleve's so i'm usually grounding myself without realising by leaning on the case to get to the components.



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