Static Electricity in the House

Cold here in Michigan. And dry in the basement/man cave at times. I occasionally get a static shock when touching my audio equipment, which scared the crap out of me since I don't want to fry anything.

Read some other forums where folks purposely discharge any potential static on other grounded items (wall switch, metal audio cabinet, etc.) prior to touching the equipment.

I now touch the metal columns on my audio rack as well.

Others add a humidifier to increase the RH in the room, which I have not done yet.

What do you guys do?

CP members in warm, balmy areas of the world, well, ok, please opine too!
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 927
    edited February 3
    I have a whole house humidifier, Aprilaire 768. Has an automatic humidistat, but if your HVAC allows, then just tie it into the controller...that's how we have it setup now.

    I know we wouldn't want to be without it, maintains 38-40% RH and we don't think about it.

    When it wasn't in use, we would get static shocks all the time, also it helps tremendously in the cold months with dry skin...basically a necessity.

    They aren't difficult to install, if you are even thinking about it, just get one.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 1,351
    Bring up the RH to at least 40%... Just movement of air can cause a discharge within components.
  • verbverb Posts: 782
    edited February 3
    That’ll put some spark in the relationship! Another marriage counselor at CP! @tonyb !
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    Occasionally? You're lucky. :p I get zapped every time I take 2 or 3 steps. :o
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Occasionally? You're lucky. :p I get zapped every time I take 2 or 3 steps. :o

    If that's the case, hate to tell ya....but the wife has set up a live wire under the rug. ;)
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    tonyb wrote: »
    If that's the case, hate to tell ya....but the wife has set up a live wire under the rug. ;)

    Is that the same reason why my toothbrush tastes like almonds, there are pinholes in the foil tops of all the yogurts, and I always find a running chainsaw underneath my pillow?
  • verbverb Posts: 782
    Viking64 wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    If that's the case, hate to tell ya....but the wife has set up a live wire under the rug. ;)

    Is that the same reason why my toothbrush tastes like almonds, there are pinholes in the foil tops of all the yogurts, and I always find a running chainsaw underneath my pillow?

    Dude, RUN!
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  • verbverb Posts: 782
    And yes I’m yelling!
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    verb wrote: »
    Dude, RUN!
    I can't. Both of my legs are missing below the knees. :'(
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    Viking64 wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    If that's the case, hate to tell ya....but the wife has set up a live wire under the rug. ;)

    Is that the same reason why my toothbrush tastes like almonds, there are pinholes in the foil tops of all the yogurts, and I always find a running chainsaw underneath my pillow?

    Could be.....so please forward her cell #, she's gonna be one rich gal in a few weeks. :p

    Don't worry though, I'll make sure to spend your money on the best flowers your money can buy. :)
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  • verbverb Posts: 782
    Viking64 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    Dude, RUN!
    I can't. Both of my legs are missing below the knees. :'(
    ROLL!
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,033
    I thrive off of static discharge. Get near an open neutral on a 24kV three phase in a bucket.......Wooooooo! Good times!
  • verbverb Posts: 782
    lightman1 wrote: »
    I thrive off of static discharge. Get near an open neutral on a 24kV three phase in a bucket.......Wooooooo! Good times!

    Real men in Texas!
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    verb wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    I thrive off of static discharge. Get near an open neutral on a 24kV three phase in a bucket.......Wooooooo! Good times!

    Real men in Texas!

    No that's WaHoo in Texas...get it right
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    tonyb wrote: »
    Could be.....so please forward her cell #, she's gonna be one rich gal in a few weeks. :p

    Don't worry though, I'll make sure to spend your money on the best flowers your money can buy. :)

    She was born in Chicago. Perhaps you already know her? :p We're already divorced, so she isn't the beneficiary on my life insurance policy. B)
  • verbverb Posts: 782
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    I thrive off of static discharge. Get near an open neutral on a 24kV three phase in a bucket.......Wooooooo! Good times!

    Real men in Texas!

    No that's WaHoo in Texas...get it right

    More education from CP. Maybe a visit to @lightman1 and let me know. Is it a Wooooo or a Wahoo? Want to make sure I get it right.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    You Wooooo at the babes

    You Wahooo when your being a YaYhooo...usually occurs after a few to many
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  • verbverb Posts: 782
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    You Wooooo at the babes

    You Wahooo when your being a YaYhooo...usually occurs after a few to many

    Ahhh. @lightman failed to disclose female company during those episodes. Talk about a HOT, get it, date!
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    verb wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    You Wooooo at the babes

    You Wahooo when your being a YaYhooo...usually occurs after a few to many

    Ahhh. @lightman failed to disclose female company during those episodes. Talk about a HOT, get it, date!
    I'm sure if you get hit with 24kV...It'll make you look long and strong and big as donkey kong...that'll make the girls woooo back ;)
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    Russ and static electricity is no joke. I've seen the dude walk across a parking lot in the middle of the day and all the lot lights went on as he passed them by.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    tonyb wrote: »
    Russ and static electricity is no joke. I've seen the dude walk across a parking lot in the middle of the day and all the lot lights went on as he passed them by.

    He's used to it...happens at night too, while he's peeing&peeking around in the neighbors bushes

    Some reason 15min later you see red and blue lights too
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,155
    Spray some Static Gard in the carpet around your system, it helps.
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,033
    Chicks dig me.....
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    For all of you nervous cats who want to dig how a zorch daddy-o can zap all of the bellerooni chicks:

    Man, I'm feeling just like a newborn colt,
    I'm gonna hit these chicks with a Martian jolt,
    Because I'm a red-hot daddy with 1000 volts,
    I'm The FANG, I'm The FANG, I'm The FANG.

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Fat Chicks dig me.....

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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,033
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Fat Chicks dig me.....

    Git it while the gittin's good, Ron.....
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    ^^^Now make sure you pick a number in Lightmans Karma thread...if you win, you will discover why 1+1=3
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  • verbverb Posts: 782
    More learnings:

    @Viking64 has no legs!
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