How to use an anti-static wrist strap?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by athraen, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. athraen macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2007
    I'm not quite sure how to use it. The package says to "attach to a grounded work surface." Google search leads me to believe I'm supposed to attach it somewhere to my computer. By the way, I'm opening a MacBook.
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    If you don't know how to use an anti-static strap is shouldn't be really be working on your MB now should you :confused:
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    From most of the documentation that I've see you're supposed to attach the ground to a metal part of the computers external chassis.

    Then again I've never, ever used an anti static strap when working with a computer.

    You mileage may vary.
  4. athraen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2007
    Everyone (who uses one) has to learn how to use it sometime. I'm opening it up because there's something loose inside and I think it may be a piece of plastic from the area where my wrists rub. Basically, I'm opening it to look inside see and if anything looks off visually. Something's wrong, just trying to figure out what. I've tried everything I can to figure it out/fix it without opening it, so now its time to go inside.

    So, then I should attach it to the metal framework inside the plastic case? Obviously avoiding any electrical components..
  5. Chromako macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2007
    The Wired
    ya. Just put the clippy end on some of the metal framework inside the case. Be sure the metal part of the band is touching you, too. Don't worry too much- they aren't that hard to use.
  6. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    you also sould have the antistatic strap plugged into the ground pin on the wall socket.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Make sure you plug it into the ground not something else:eek:.

    Personally I have never used one, if you are constantly building up static electricity it may be advisable. Otherwise have your tools ready then just discharge any potential static electricity on a metal object or zapping a nosy dog. Then work on the computer without wearing a wool sweater and shuffling your feet on a shag carpet.

    On a serious note you should find a better ground than the Macbook chassis. I think the ground is meant for a desktop that is grounded to the wall outlet ground. While as far as I know laptops are not grounded so another source would be need to make the strap effective.

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