Using a metal desk

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by magnet18, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. magnet18

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    Hi, im using a stainless steel desk as a workbench, should i have my desk grounded (im guessing yes), how should i go about grounding it, and if i ground it would it be usable as a ground when prototyping circuits or will there be too much interference picked up by it (large flat surface, laptop sitting on it...)?
     
  2. Wendy

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    Did you read the link I gave you? It pretty much explains everything you need to know.

    ElectroStatic Discharge
     
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  3. magnet18

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    Oh, sorry Bill, i actually didn't see that, my bad.
    Yea, that pretty much answers my questions, thank you! :)
     
  4. kubeek

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    I really wouldn´t use a steel desk, becase you will most probably short out every PCB you work on. You would probably have to add some kind of plastic cover, they even make special ones for working with ESD sensitive devices, but they are quite costly.
     
  5. Kermit2

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    Go to a home improvment, or lumber store, and by a panel of pressboard.

    It's the thin hard stuff that looks like glue stiffened cardboard. Its a decent insulator and its CHEAP.

    I have used it for wall panels behind my equipment, and every couple of years I pull it off, trash it, and put up a new panel. ($8 US)

    They also make a version with holes in it you can put pegs in it and hang tools on it.
     
  6. spinnaker

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    I think the OP is looking for ESD protection.
     
  7. Wendy

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    From my ESD article...

     
  8. PatM

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    Check this link:
    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_6/chpt_1/2.html
    Look at the paragraph entitled Work Area.
     
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