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Professional Habits?

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    Professional Habits?

    Ok heres a poll i don't think has been done recently!

    When you work on or build pc's do you use perfessional habits?

    Such as wearing anti-static wrist bands (i do), placing everything back in anti-static bags, having a clean work area with good lighting, etc?

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    I can't vote. I'm inbetween.

    I have a desk, which I place everything on, or either on the floor right beside it. By this desk I have a 3-headed spot-light lamp besides my 3-headed overhead light fixture.

    I have plenty of anti-static bags and tend to keep them after receiving something in the mail. I have plenty of boxes to neatly organize spare parts. I have a small little plastic bag full of enough hardware(screws and bolts) for 2 computers with the works probably. I have an assortment of screwdrivers. I have motherboards, spare hard drives, 3 power supplies and enough for trouble shooting(6 possible video display solutions and 16 speakers + 3 amps). I have enough to figure out and trouble shoot a wide vareity of things.

    However, my work area is a mess. Sometimes I slam things around, I don't wear an anti-static wrist band currently due to doing all of my work on hard-wood flooring.

    ...and I'm one to use a computer for weeks without actually hooking up the last 25% of some of the internal components. (with the case being off of course)
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    Nah, I just unplug everything and place it on the floor or my bed.

    You should see the computer workshop my buddy owns that I take my comp to when it needs something major. IT's a friggin mess.

    Half the time I have to take the thing back b/c they put in a part from someone else's computer that was in for fixing - so I have to go back and ask, "Why do I have 2 sound cards.?" - And did u see my Windows 2K Prof. disk I'm sure I'll need that back. Dude:" Yeah, go ahead and check that box, if it's not in there just take this WinXP CD" that belongs to someone else who brought their PC in to be fixed.
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    I definitely don't use an anti-static wrist band but do try to place parts in anti-static bags if they're available, if not then I don't worry about it. My work area is far from clean overall but I try to keep the area clean around my PC I'm working on.
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    Anti static bag - thats what those are!

    I dont tend to do a lot of stuff by myself, never really need to, but I would love to learn. I installed a second hard drive and Linux yesterday thanks to some help at the tech board. People told me what I should watch out for etc.. things I wouldnt know, since I have never done it before.

    I do have a lot of room and good lighting, so I guess I am somewhere in the middle.
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    Can't you just plug the case in and hang onto it? All static will be grounded via the third prong on the cord.

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    I guess you could, i just use a wrist band.

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    I just put my wrists or knee or something on the case while I'm working, does the same thing as a band....or grounding yourself via the third prong (which i think is a REALLY bad idea ).

    I do use anti static bags when it's the packing that it came in (like for swapping in/out hdds). But things like ram etc I just lay on something plastic(like the packing material), it doesnt conduct electricity.

    Most of the work I've done is in a poorly lit room (where this comp is) on a carpeted floor.
    OH well, haven't had a single problem yet, just stay grounded.
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    howdy,
    i'm an animal. i work on the floor, desk, TV, kitchen table etc. the only static protection i use is to touch the case with one hand before touching the components with the other.
    i've been pretty luck, i haven't shocked anything yet.

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    I use a wrist strap when I can find it - you see the catch is that the level of static electricity strong enough to damage a static sensitive component is less than what we can detect. You may not see an electrical discharge or even feel it and yet you may have fried your memory.

    Also - damage can be in degrees. It is quite possible to damage memory in such a fashion that the memory does not stop working, but performance is degraded.
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    Ya i know what you mean with knowing where the band is, i am always losing that thing. I always move things into static bags and use the band, even in a rush.

    I learned my lesson after attempting to change video cards with the pc running, long time ago though when i didn't know that wouldn't work haha.

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    I thoroughly rub everything on the carpet before plugging it into my still-running computer.

    Actually, I'm in between - I try to do it in well lit rooms as much as possible, and put the parts in bags if they're available. If they're not, I try to put them somewhere where I won't lose them or step on them.

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    howdy,
    I thoroughly rub everything on the carpet before plugging it into my still-running computer.
    aaaa.... and whats wrong with that?

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    i use wristbands and antistatic bags etc. but that is because i am in a class where we have learned to build pcs. the teacher takes off 50 out of our 100 points if he catches us without a wristband on!
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    hey... looky there... I think the results are conclusive!

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