HELP....static !!

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Blog entry by Marius posted 03-12-2010 06:47 AM 936 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Im getting major static when i use the central vac hose to cleanup around worktable and should i touch something like the planer ZAPP, how can i stop the static from building up?? I take it’s from the sawdust flow through the plastic tubing to the vac….... Shocking experience!!
any suggestions??

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 08:14 AM

Wrap wire around the hose and ground it out. It doesn’t actually need to be done the full length of the hose, I just do it towards the end. Take the wire and run it to ground.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 11:48 AM

I agree with Todd. If you dont have to much, you can replace it with hose that has the wire built in it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 01:21 PM

Take a couple of Bounce fabric softener sheets and hang them into the shop vac canister (suspend them half in and half out. I would open my shop vac and get stuff flying around with the static… now it stays were it belongs. I did try the stick on Bounce and the vibration knocked it off.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 04:21 PM

I hold somthing metal in my hand and unload the charge through it. That way it does not zap me, it is fun to hand the metal object like a Quarter to someone while charged and givem a little zap.
I know “thats mean” but it is funny nevertheless.
In all seriousness the wire wraped around the pipe leading back to a grounding point is your best bet.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 04:55 PM

The wire idea sounds like the best idea… as long as it drags a little on the floor it should do the trick… you could also wear a pair of rubber dipped gloves. I have a pair that I use for finishing (doing stains, and poly finishing)..
that way you are insulated… the only other thing is hold a screw driver on the shaft and ground out on the planer or a faucet or something that way you ground out and you won’t feel it.


sometimes I hold out my hand and ground out when my kids touch me or my wife… usually followed by a smack to the arm!

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 05:28 PM

I use a wire with an alligator clip on each end. Clip one end to the vac and the other to something metal. Works just fine.

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 06:21 PM

The wire around the duct work connected to ground will dissipate the charge to ground. Or like any good electro magnetic interference (EMI) engineer would do aluminum foil wrapped around it connected to ground will do the trick. Just fold it like a baked potato.
Now just imagine a B2 fly through the dusty air of Iraq…That’s a long ground wire.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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