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toronado455
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:44 am    Post subject: Re: ground wire extension (anti-static ground) Reply with quote

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
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Jussi Peltola wrote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
toronado455 wrote:
If I want to make an extension for my ground wire (which I use with for
anti-static grounding purposes) what type of wire do I need to use? I
don't know what the gauge or type of wire that is used in the ground
wire (no markings on wire) but it is the standard ground wire that
comes with an anti-static mat with snap-on connector.


I always used 16 AWG, to reduce the risk of it breaking and losing
the antistatic protection. I used to test and repair the wiring on
about 100 benches, and about 145 mats every three months.



That's why I use bare solid copper wire. It will definitely not break
without someone noticing (the wire is located so that nothing should
come into contact with it).

We ran 8 AWG bare copper along a row of benches, but used insulated
wire soldered to the ground buss so there was no chance of it shorting
out other wiring. Some benches had over 40 pieces of test equipment on
them, and hundreds of cables run both over and under the bench.


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prove it.
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Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Thanks to all for the info.
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Michael A. Terrell
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 5:43 am    Post subject: Re: ground wire extension (anti-static ground) Reply with quote

Jussi Peltola wrote:
Quote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
toronado455 wrote:
If I want to make an extension for my ground wire (which I use with for
anti-static grounding purposes) what type of wire do I need to use? I
don't know what the gauge or type of wire that is used in the ground
wire (no markings on wire) but it is the standard ground wire that
comes with an anti-static mat with snap-on connector.


I always used 16 AWG, to reduce the risk of it breaking and losing
the antistatic protection. I used to test and repair the wiring on
about 100 benches, and about 145 mats every three months.



That's why I use bare solid copper wire. It will definitely not break
without someone noticing (the wire is located so that nothing should
come into contact with it).

We ran 8 AWG bare copper along a row of benches, but used insulated
wire soldered to the ground buss so there was no chance of it shorting
out other wiring. Some benches had over 40 pieces of test equipment on
them, and hundreds of cables run both over and under the bench.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida
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Jussi Peltola
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: ground wire extension (anti-static ground) Reply with quote

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Quote:
toronado455 wrote:
If I want to make an extension for my ground wire (which I use with for
anti-static grounding purposes) what type of wire do I need to use? I
don't know what the gauge or type of wire that is used in the ground
wire (no markings on wire) but it is the standard ground wire that
comes with an anti-static mat with snap-on connector.


I always used 16 AWG, to reduce the risk of it breaking and losing
the antistatic protection. I used to test and repair the wiring on
about 100 benches, and about 145 mats every three months.



That's why I use bare solid copper wire. It will definitely not break
without someone noticing (the wire is located so that nothing should
come into contact with it).
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Michael A. Terrell
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 10:54 pm    Post subject: Re: ground wire extension (anti-static ground) Reply with quote

toronado455 wrote:
Quote:

If I want to make an extension for my ground wire (which I use with for
anti-static grounding purposes) what type of wire do I need to use? I
don't know what the gauge or type of wire that is used in the ground
wire (no markings on wire) but it is the standard ground wire that
comes with an anti-static mat with snap-on connector.


I always used 16 AWG, to reduce the risk of it breaking and losing
the antistatic protection. I used to test and repair the wiring on
about 100 benches, and about 145 mats every three months.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida
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Ralph Mowery
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:52 pm    Post subject: Re: ground wire extension (anti-static ground) Reply with quote

"toronado455" <toronado455@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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If I want to make an extension for my ground wire (which I use with for
anti-static grounding purposes) what type of wire do I need to use? I
don't know what the gauge or type of wire that is used in the ground
wire (no markings on wire) but it is the standard ground wire that
comes with an anti-static mat with snap-on connector.

Use any wire you have. The smallest guage you have will be big enough

electrically. An anit-static strap or mat will have a very large value
resistor (around 1 meg) between the strap and the end of the wire. You
probably should use insulated wire just in case it comes into contact with a
live circuit.
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toronado455
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 6:53 pm    Post subject: ground wire extension (anti-static ground) Reply with quote

If I want to make an extension for my ground wire (which I use with for
anti-static grounding purposes) what type of wire do I need to use? I
don't know what the gauge or type of wire that is used in the ground
wire (no markings on wire) but it is the standard ground wire that
comes with an anti-static mat with snap-on connector.
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