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  • Simply shocking...

    This board is usually all business, which I appreciate, but I got to share this experience with people who will appreciate it...

    Once in a while I get a static buildup from buffing. I think it's probably weather-dependent. The other day, I started working and was 5 minutes into it when I started getting shocked like a lab monkey, lol. I had 1-1/2" arcs going from the piece to my fingertips if I wasn't careful to hold them tight against the metal. Man, was it powerful! I've been hit with a 100,000 volts (at a only a few miliamps), and this was almost as strong.

    The kicker is that when it wasn't going thru my fingertips, it was snapping me in the @ss - jumping to the metal kitchen stool I sit on, haha! Bear in mnd that my motor sets on a wooden stand on a concrete floor, I wear heavy rubber gloves, street clothes and Tyvek coverals, and the stool has a fabric cover on it.

    Anybody else ever get any of that?

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    Well, sparks weren't flyin' out my rig, but I've been zapped pretty hard on the hand when the air is nice and dry. My truck is worse though. Being a dually it seems to build up more static than most. I freakin' hate it!

    Steve

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    • #3
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      I actually kind've like it.
      "Some people are like sandpaper: they may delight in the misery they inflict by rubbing up against you, but in the end you will come out smooth and polished while they'll just be ugly, wrinkled, and used up." - Beyonce Knowles

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      • #4
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        You don't weld with wet gloves on too, do ya?

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        • #5
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          yes the static problem is very bad up in the northern country. especially in the cold dry winter months. as for the voltage all i can say is it is big blue arcs. i have dropped a few parts because of it at first, now i rest my leg against the buffer base and become part of the circuit so to speak.
          when in doubt polish it out/ why replace it when you can refinish it
          G2 Polishing and Powdercoating

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          • #6
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            I don't know much about it. I wonder if a rubber mat under the stool would help?

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            • #7
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              Yes a rubber mat will help. Also check your machine to make sure it is grounded to earth in some way. If your using a buffing motor, chances are it has rubber pads on the base. If it's mounted to a metal table, scrape the paint around the top of one of the bolt holes on the motor base to insure metal to metal contact. If it's a non metallic table, you might have to attach a conductor from the motor to a ground rod. Grounding your machine along with using a rubber mat should keep you safe from getting zapped. Good luck!

              Steve

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              • #8
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                My machine wasnt grounded and I polish in an all wood loft...the back of my hands took a beating everytime my hands neared the motor! lol
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                • #9
                  Re: Simply shocking...

                  Originally posted by rides20
                  My machine wasnt grounded and I polish in an all wood loft...the back of my hands took a beating everytime my hands neared the motor! lol
                  That's OK, I'm startin' to like it...

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