Use an Anti Static Wrist Wrap

How to Use an Anti Static Wrist Wrap
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How to Use an Anti Static Wrist Wrap An anti static wrist strap also called an electrostatic discharge ESD wrist strap is a safety device worn on your wrist that prevents the buildup of static electricity. ESD straps are primarily used when working with electronic components. When properly worn the highly conductive threads that make up the strap direct static electricity to a ground where it can be discharged safely. This protects the components from damage and keeps the wearer safe. 1 X Research source Choose a wired strap to ground yourself. There are 2 kinds of ESD straps those that have a cord or wire you use to connect yourself to a ground and those that are wireless. However testing performed by NASA revealed that the wireless straps were ineffective to prevent potential discharges.Wrap the ESD strap around your wrist. Before you come into contact with ESD sensitive items put the ESD strap around your wrist and snap it closed. All parts of the strap should be in direct contact with your skin at all times. Attach the other end of the strap to a common ground. At the other end of the cord attached to your wrist strap is an alligator clip that you can use to connect yourself to a common ground. At a static free work station a common ground point will be noted by a symbol that looks like a black and white target. There may also simply be a sign that says common ground.Clip your strap to a metal part if no common ground is available. If you are working at home or in an informal environment you may not have a common ground point. In that case snap the alligator clip to a metal part of the computer you are working on such as the chassis of the computer or the power supply.Wear your ESD strap whenever you are around ESD sensitive items. Any time you are holding or working with computer components such as motherboards or video cards that are not installed in the computer case keep yourself grounded. Otherwise electrostatic discharge could damage those components.Test the resistance value of your ESD strap periodically. To properly protect against electrostatic discharge an ESD strap should have a resistance value in the range of 1 to 10 Ohms. You can test resistance using a multimeter a relatively inexpensive instrument you can order online or find in computer tech shops.

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