Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 9:18 am

Do you have a lot of electricity flowing thru your body? I mean, sometimes I feel like Im vulnerable to a lightning strike (Not in California, of course). EVERY single time I go for a drive, in my car, or my wifes ride, when I get out, I cannot touch the outside of the car without getting zapped. I mean, sometimes its big. I can see a blue spark. So I have to be careful only to touch the door with part of my arm that is clothed over. It is very irritating, and sometimes painful.

Anyone know what this is caused by? I have spoken with my AG Chief, and he said he wasnt real sure, but, I shouldnt worry about it. Well, damn! It hurts! If anyone can help, or offer some of their experiences with this.. Please dont hesitate.


RE: Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 10:48 am

Well it sounds to me like you are a human generator. In order to generate electricity you need a current carrying conductor (your body) and a magnetic field ( the Earth) and relative motion between the two (walking). So I suggest you either sit very still or try walking parrallel to the earth's magnetic lines of flux. Ever wonder why they park the navy's ships in the harbor at an angle? Hey I was a nuke, what I kind of explanation did you expect. Where ya stationed? I managed to serve my time in the Navy, and never went out to sea once. Although I did ride the sub I was on from one dock to another, as it was being pulled by a tug boat, all in all it was five minute ride. Top that.
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RE: Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 1:38 pm

 Embarrassment I get static .. Ouch! and it's irritating too!  Angry I've found it can depend on what your wearing.. I get electric shocks from my car when I am wearing certain types of shoes. I don't know why some people get it more than others..  Confused
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RE: Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 1:48 pm

Wow, I was just going to start a thread on the same exact topic. I always get shocks almost everytime I touch a door handle.

What gets me is that the floors are always tile, but they say carpet gives you static electricity.

I have no idea why this happens.
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RE: Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 1:55 pm

When walking on a surface like Carpet, your feet rub against it and build up static electricty within your body. When you touch a conductor such as metal, the electricty is released.
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RE: Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 3:32 pm

This happens to me a lot when the air is dry. Try touching a metal part of the door before you get out of your seat and keep holding it until you climb out of the car. This should keep you grounded so a charge won't build up to shock you.

I don't know if this is nationwide or just local, but I often see warnings posted on gas pumps that tell people to touch their car before pumping gas to prevent the static from ignighting gas fumes. You're not alone, this happens to a lot of people.
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RE: Do You Get Static?

Sun Feb 10, 2002 4:25 pm

I always get zapped when I touch a car after being in it.

RE: Do You Get Static?

Mon Feb 11, 2002 1:43 am

Maybe it is my shoes.. Tommy casuals are put together well, so well, i guess it has metal in it. Everytime I go thru the airport security I buzz because of the shoes.

Well, now to do some trend analysis with my different shoes while driving.

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RE: Do You Get Static?

Mon Feb 11, 2002 6:40 am

its coules by friction its kinda like lighting its molocules in the atmosphere rubbing together causeing a build up they its release with a lighting bolt.

just my $.02
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RE: Do You Get Static?

Wed Feb 13, 2002 7:55 am

Why does it happen in a when you goto get out of a vehicle?

RE: Do You Get Static?

Wed Feb 13, 2002 11:14 am


If you wear shoes with synthetic soles you are more prone to static attacks, particularly when the air is dry, you have been walking on synthetic carpet or flooring and perhaps wearing synthetic clothing.

If it bugs you so much Rolex, then I suggest not wearing rubber/plastic/synthentic soled shoes or synthetic clothing. Do you rub your feet on the carpet in the car (it would most likely be synthetic)?



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