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mike31mets

join:2004-10-30
Bronx, NY

Static Shock

I don't know what's wrong with me or if it's something in the room but I am suffering from constant static shock. It's so bad that just today I saw the kind of sparks you're more likely to see when unplugging a power cable from an outlet. The sparks came from my finger just touching the wooden bed frame that had some metal on it. My bed is next to an electrical outlet which has my power adapter for my tabletpc connected generally if that helps any. I have no idea what's causing this. I do laundry every week. I have a small carpet on the living room but this has been happening since before that carpet. It happens to my roommate as well but not as bad. I even got static shock changing the light switch in the room. I don't know what to do anymore. I feel like I'm a human Static Shock. It happens touching my electrical equipment as well (tablet PC, mac mini, cell phone, external harddrive case), however none of those have been damaged because it's only hit the outer case of those items. I'm not sure if this is healthy either. I know nervous system has its own electrical impulses it releases constantly throughout the body and I don't know if the static messed around with that. Any ideas? Anyone ever been a similar situation? What should I be checking for in my room?



Jarmann
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Static electricity is usually build up through the friction of your feet draggin on the floor. So I guess a pair of socks containing lots of those artificial threads..you know, polyamids, nylon and such would create more static than wool or cotton.
Well, that's my theory based on my own experiences.



Xterra2k
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reply to mike31mets

This can also happen during the colder parts of the year when the air is drier (lower humidity). I'm not sure there's much you can do about it this time of year other than to discharge the static periodically on a metal surface.
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Stat Icshock

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reply to mike31mets

said by mike31mets:

I don't know what's wrong with me or if it's something in the room but I am suffering from constant static shock. It's so bad that just today I saw the kind of sparks you're more likely to see when unplugging a power cable from an outlet. The sparks came from my finger just touching the wooden bed frame that had some metal on it. My bed is next to an electrical outlet which has my power adapter for my tabletpc connected generally if that helps any.
Are your sheets/blankets/comforter cotton or nylon? Did all of this start after you changed sheets, blankets, etc.?

Are you in an apartment or a private home? If the former, I wonder if the Super was messing with something that brought this on.


koolman2
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Anchorage, AK

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reply to mike31mets

Find out what the relative humidity in your apartment is. Many cheap thermometers will do this.

If the humidity is below 30%, I would highly recommend getting a humidifier. Get the humidity to about 50-60% and the static should be greatly reduced.
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Stat Icshock

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reply to Xterra2k

said by Xterra2k:

This can also happen during the colder parts of the year when the air is drier (lower humidity). I'm not sure there's much you can do about it this time of year other than to discharge the static periodically on a metal surface.
One thing you can try is running a humidifier for a week or so and if that helps.

Some people in cold winter climes run a humidifier to help keep their skin from drying out during winter. If overly dry air brought on by winter is indeed that cause of your static problems, running a humidifier will introduce moisture into the air.

If you can't beg or borrow one, it sounds like it might be worthwhile to simply buy one in your case. I get a static shock when patronizing a particular store and it's really annoying. I can't imagine what it must be like to have such an effect following you around the house (especially when handling static-sensitive electronic items).


Stat Icshock

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reply to koolman2

said by koolman2:

Find out what the relative humidity in your apartment is. Many cheap thermometers will do this.

If the humidity is below 30%, I would highly recommend getting a humidifier. Get the humidity to about 50-60% and the static should be greatly reduced.
Sorry, I wrote my earlier post before I saw yours. I didn't mean to duplicate your advice. [blushes]


vaxvms
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This sounds silly but it really does work.
Keep a dryer sheet lying about. Every once in a while rub it between your hands. These things remove static from your clothes as they tumble in the dryer and they also reduce the static electricity in your body.
It won't remove the cause of the static electricity but it will stop/reduce your getting zapped.
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nwrickert
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It depends on the clothes you wear, and on the coverings of sofas, etc. Some fabrics generate more static than others.
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CylonRed
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Humidifier - even at 40% humidity static will virtually be non-existant and it will make you place feel warmer at lower temps.
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TexasPlus
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reply to vaxvms

said by vaxvms:

This sounds silly but it really does work.
Keep a dryer sheet lying about. Every once in a while rub it between your hands. These things remove static from your clothes as they tumble in the dryer and they also reduce the static electricity in your body.
It won't remove the cause of the static electricity but it will stop/reduce your getting zapped.
I agree, it may help reduce the harmless static discharge. However at what cost? Go read all the warning messages on the dryer sheet package. Is it any wonder that the number of people suffering from allergies and chemical sensitivities has gone way up in the past few decades. The voluntary exposure to all sorts of chemicals is a major cause of health related problems, and people do it to themselves, and yet they wonder why so many today suffer allergies and cancer....DUH....
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La Luna
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reply to mike31mets

One of the many *annoyances* of winter.

You've never noticed this before?



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Well room static will not hurt you and is "normal" during the winter months, you could have it more than your room-mate due to the shoes/socks you wear, how you walk, what you wash/dry your clothes with, lots of things. You will not hurt any of your "toys" unless you touch something on the inside, so always ground yourself first.

When drying your clothes and stuff use dryer sheets, get a humidifier, a fish tank, or just put containers of water out.
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loli
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salahx

join:2001-12-03
Saint Louis, MO
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I wouldn't worry about health issues from static electricity. While the voltages may be high, the current is very low. However, I wouldn't try fixing any computers.



ninjatutle
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I have a brand of shoes that shocks the heck out of me. Kenneth Cole. When I wear others, I don't get shocked.



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It's a winter thing due to the lower humidity in the air. At work, it's terrible for me. I'll be on the phone - with a patient or an MD - and I'll have to get up to get the chart from the big metal cabinet and get a shock. I'm now automatically (subconsciously) touching the metal cabinet with my left pointer finger every time I approach it to discharge the electricity. This AM was a huge spark...it hurt a bit, and you could actually see the arc from the cabinet to my finger over an inch or so.
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Telly Boot
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It's not common out here on the coast because of the humidity, but my wife's Grandma's apartment building is kept hot all year and has nylon carpets, so I used to get zapped when reaching out to touch a door handle at the metal fire doors. Now when I drop by there to do repairs or check in on her, I always carry my keys in my hand and let the spark arc from the keys to the metal handle, less painful that way. It can be as painful as a sparkplug zap.
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i1me2ao
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i feel you because i can see sparks also. a buddy of mine told me to grab door like a man and i did. he jumped when he saw the spark i created.
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said by mike31mets:

I don't know what's wrong with me or if it's something in the room but I am suffering from constant static shock. ,,,,,,,,,, snip ............ I'm not sure if this is healthy either. I know nervous system has its own electrical impulses it releases constantly throughout the body and I don't know if the static messed around with that. Any ideas? Anyone ever been a similar situation? What should I be checking for in my room?
»www.sciencemadesimple.com/static.html and »www.sciencemadesimple.com/elimin···ity.html will answer your questions.

Static Elimination Tips

Our expert in static electricity in the electronics industry suggests trying the following to get rid of static electricity problems in your home or office:

1) Increase the humidity in your house and workplace. Air is much drier in the winter, which increases the frequency and severity of shocks. Use a humidifier.

2) Change clothes - switch to natural fibers, since synthetics pick up more of a static charge.

3) Change shoes - there are special conductive shoes in a variety of styles. They are made for people working in the electronics industry. You will need to find a store or catalogue that sells or can order them for you. (Search online for "esd shoes")

4) If your skin is very dry - try an anti-static hand lotion (also available for the electronics industry.)


RX8

join:2004-07-18
Marietta, GA

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reply to mike31mets

said by mike31mets:

I don't know what's wrong with me or ....?
Like it's been said it is a "winter" thing where the lack of humidity plays a big factor.

Place I used to work, we had a lot of problem with static electricity when cold due to carpeting etc. Having a can of spray starch was very effective in reducing it--may want to try it.


Anonymous_
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that is nothing

my Static electricity is in 5 inch Arc
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i1me2ao
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also i use a bounce to wipe seats and door of vehicle and this has seemed to help some..
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Hazeleyze

join:2003-05-09
Wauseon, OH

It's fun when you pet the cat in the dark and see the sparks fly.



Maccawolf
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Hillsdale, NJ
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I used to HATE petting Crockett (in the winter) cos of the little shocks I would give him. I hope he (or other doggies etc knew that I didn't shock them on purpose.



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KrK
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When static is bad due to low humidity, I have learned to use my car keys. I grip the keys, then touch the door/handle/frame whatever with the keys. The discharge and spark will occur at the end of the key, and I get no shock.



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said by mike31mets:

... Any ideas? ...
Wearing leather-soled shoes or slippers has helped with static problems here.
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powerage66
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Seminole, FL
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I have been getting shocked a lot at work. It has been warm here, but there has been low humidity. I wear leather shoes with rubber soles. My pants, shirts and socks are cotton, and my ties are silk. I try to pick up my feet when I walk. I can't figure out why this is happening either. It just might be the carpet. Just make sure to touch your car before putting gas in the tank.



brian
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This happens to me quite a bit as well. Year round, even. It happens everywhere - at home, at work, getting out of the car, at costco, etc. It's very annoying.
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