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Old 09-12-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Static electric shock

I am wondering if anyone out there has the problem with static electric shock. In dry climates, after walking across the carpet in a RV,a very uncomfortable shock occurs when touching a metal surface in the RV such as a faucet or even touching the RV door. Is this a problem for anyone? If so, do you have any suggestions?
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:28 PM   #2
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If you spray a light mist of water on the carpet it will usually stop the static charge from building up.
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I am wondering if anyone out there has the problem with static electric shock. In dry climates, after walking across the carpet in a RV,a very uncomfortable shock occurs when touching a metal surface in the RV such as a faucet or even touching the RV door. Is this a problem for anyone? If so, do you have any suggestions?
After 48 years in Arizona I am familiar with the phenomenon. The charge is created when you have friction from your shoes on the carpet. One way, I suppose is to not wear shoes. That is normally the first thing I do; take off my shoes. I don't know of a thing that will stop it (Scotchguard?, perhaps). You learn to live with it.
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Or soft rubber soled shoes?
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I'm not sure rubber shoes will help.. I assisted my physics instructor one day by voulenteering for an "Experment" (I knew what would happen, only student in the class that did, but there in lies a long story.. I knew because I'd read a book (Entainerment type, not study type) years earlier, and it described the experiment)

A Van-DeGaff generator

It consists of a rubber band and a couple of non-rubber parts

I stood on the platform (insulator) put my hand on the dome, Teacher flipped the switch, and a million or so volts later my hair is sticking straight out like the classic B-Movie mad scientist.. One student, a heckeler, says "So what do you do now" and I did something totally out of character for me.. I delivered the perfect come back "I come up there and shake hands with you" (For some reason, there was a sudden shift in the position of other students in the room. AWAY FROM HIM, very effective) Then silently to the teacher I had to mention that I had no intention of doing that).

So rubber shoes, like the rubber band in the physics lab, Might just not be the best choice

A carpet "Shampoo" with dishwashing liquid.. Might help. (Or might be dangerous.. Dont' know, never tried it)

But moisture is, indeed, the best bet

If it's really bad you can get special carpet, has carbon fibers, it is conductive, and will "Short you out" static wise, It's called "Computer floor" We used it in my office at one time.
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I USED TO live in Phx, and getting shocked became a way of life. The best defense I found was to touch a grounded surface with my knuckle first rather than my finger. The shock was a lot less that way - almost zero shock actually.
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When I was about 8, my local college (Morningside College) put on a science fair. They had displays covering physics, chemistry, biology (including a fetus in a jar, yuchhh), electronics, mechanics, etc. The Van De Graff display is what convinced me to go into science. Another display showed that falling objects from the same height hit the ground at the same time (Air friction aside). They had a gun of some sort and when it fired it would knock a domino off a table. The bullet hit the tin plate on the ground almost exactly at the same time. Good old Mr. Gabity!

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I'm not sure rubber shoes will help.. I assisted my physics instructor one day by voulenteering for an "Experment" (I knew what would happen, only student in the class that did, but there in lies a long story.. I knew because I'd read a book (Entainerment type, not study type) years earlier, and it described the experiment)

A Van-DeGaff generator

It consists of a rubber band and a couple of non-rubber parts

I stood on the platform (insulator) put my hand on the dome, Teacher flipped the switch, and a million or so volts later my hair is sticking straight out like the classic B-Movie mad scientist.. One student, a heckeler, says "So what do you do now" and I did something totally out of character for me.. I delivered the perfect come back "I come up there and shake hands with you" (For some reason, there was a sudden shift in the position of other students in the room. AWAY FROM HIM, very effective) Then silently to the teacher I had to mention that I had no intention of doing that).

So rubber shoes, like the rubber band in the physics lab, Might just not be the best choice

A carpet "Shampoo" with dishwashing liquid.. Might help. (Or might be dangerous.. Dont' know, never tried it)

But moisture is, indeed, the best bet

If it's really bad you can get special carpet, has carbon fibers, it is conductive, and will "Short you out" static wise, It's called "Computer floor" We used it in my office at one time.
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I have never had that problem and we use a dehumidifier when the MH is not in use, since we live in FL.
I also keep a humidity gage in the MH so I don't take the level of moisture down too far.
Do you know what level of humidity you have in the MH, when you get shocked?
I would think using a small humidifier would solve the shocking problem.

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That is one thing I do.. Some years ago I got a very handy, if somewhat large, box. .This sucker holds around five gallons of Water and can put most of it into the air ofer 24 hours (Cooling the bedroom a good 10 degrees in hot-dry Arizona type weather)

It can also pump out up to 2,000 watts of heat

In AZ I may also use a cool-mist vaporizer as well to toss another gallon or two into the air (IT literally throws it)

And I still have to use nasel spray
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I replaced my carpet with laminate flooring. Problem gone.

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If you spray a light mist of water on the carpet it will usually stop the static charge from building up.
Thanks, I'll try it. How often do you have to spray the water on the carpet?

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Or soft rubber soled shoes?
It's actually worse when I wear my running shoes as compared with leather soled shoes.

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That is one thing I do.. Some years ago I got a very handy, if somewhat large, box. .This sucker holds around five gallons of Water and can put most of it into the air ofer 24 hours (Cooling the bedroom a good 10 degrees in hot-dry Arizona type weather)

It can also pump out up to 2,000 watts of heat

In AZ I may also use a cool-mist vaporizer as well to toss another gallon or two into the air (IT literally throws it)

And I still have to use nasel spray
Thanks for the input. Since I am in the mountains where it is already very cool, an air cooler probably isn't a good choice for me. Maybe I will just need to live with it.

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I too am curious to a solution. This has been a problem for me tha past years in cars & trucks as well as the MH.
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