Homemade Anti-Static Wristbands

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Homemade Anti-Static Wristbands
While working on computers, an anti-static wrist wrap diverts static electricity. (computer image by Angie Lingnau from Fotolia.com)

Static electricity is a risk that comes with working around computers. The electricity can damage the computer and its electronic parts beyond repair. One way to make sure that doesn't happen is to make a anti-static wrist wrap to wear when working on computer parts. When properly grounded, the wrist wrap is an effective way to protect equipment. An anti-static wrist wrap works like a lighting rod, diverting the electricity into the wrist wrap.

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Things you need

  • Copper wire
  • Insulated wire
  • 1 megohm resistor
  • Metal watch or bracelet
  • Electrical tape
  • Wire strippers/cutters
  • Alligator clip
  • Pliers
  • Rubber floor mat

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    Twist one side of the copper wire around the metal bracelet or watch until secure. Wrap the other end of the wire around the resistor. A resistor is used in anti-static wrist wraps to cut the amount of electricity that reaches the person wearing the bracelet if the person touches an energised conductor.

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    Cut excess pieces of the copper wire on both ends. Wrap both ends in electrical tape to cover the loose ends.

  3. 3

    Attach one end of the insulated ground wire to the free end of the resistor. Secure by wrapping electrical tape over both.

  4. 4

    Attach the alligator clip to the other end of the ground wire. User pliers to crimp the connection. Wrap with electrical tape.

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    Place the watch or bracelet on your wrist. Clip the alligator clip to an unpainted portion of the computer whenever working on the machine.

Tips and warnings

  • Stand on a rubber mat for extra grounding.

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