How to Ground Yourself When Working on a Computer

by Christopher Kennedy

Static electricity builds up in your body when performing everyday tasks. Normally it isn't a problem, but if you plan on repairing or upgrading your computer, you'll need to take some precautions. Grounding yourself and dissipating all static electricity from your body is an important measure that can protect your computer's inner components.

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Prepare your work station by eliminating the area of anything that can potentially create static electricity. Work on a bare table and remove all unnecessary items. Be sure to remove any plastic items, office supplies and rolling chairs. Most importantly, do not work on carpet.

2

Turn off your computer and unplug it from the wall. Many computers have constant voltage running through the motherboards and other components when the computer is plugged in, even if the system is off.

3

Put on your anti-static wrist strap before working. You may need to connect it to the AC ground of your electrical system, depending on the model of your wrist strap. Some wrist straps do not need to be connected to the ground.

4

If you do not have a wrist strap, get a piece of bare metal and keep it close to you work area. Constantly touch the metal while working on your computer to dissipate any static electricity that may have built up.

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About the Author

Christopher Kennedy is a graduate of Montclair State University and holds a degree in communication studies with a concentration in public relations. He began writing professionally in 2005, starting with the campus newspaper, "The Montclairion," and various private clients.

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