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Originally Posted by Kraven
You are not suffering from a major case of winter-time/dry-air static electrical charge are you? Sounds like you have the Midas Touch and you are ZAPPING everything!
Seriously, I have this really bad this year. I had to make a little wand wound with anti-static cord (static dissipating string) like a "swagger stick" and carry it around with
me at all times to bleed off my static charge. At work especially. Recently, I touched a computer monitor and shut it down. It powered up again fine, but I honestly
zapped it so good that the whole thing went blank and shut down. I rolled a metal cart with rubber wheels from one department at work to another and I happened
to touch a grounded metal chassis and dang near went into atrial fibrillation! Totally serious! I also got up out of a chair in our office and felt like I was highly charged,
so I touched my little wand to a metal table and threw sparks like a miniature arc welder! The guy sitting next to me about jumped out of his chair with amazement.
I bet there were three or four sparks that flew about 1/4" to 1/2" out from the point of contact! It is actually quite painful when I discharge like that without using my
little wand (when it is directly skin to metal) that I am extremely paranoid about touching anything metal. At work, it is so bad that when people see me without my
wand, they ask me where it is. If I tell them I forgot it in my car or something, they say "Stay away from ME then!" or "Don't you DARE touch ME!"
Sincerely, I am totally serious about this and that is why I wonder if you are not experiencing the same problem. I could go to work as an electric fencer! No batteries required!
But, it doesn't take anywhere near as much static as I have to kill your electronic devices and components. You might want to seriously ponder this anomaly with all your recent bad luck.
01-10-2013 06:23 AM