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ever happen to you? getting off your car- you get zapped with static electricity

 
Shahfazal Mohammed
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Hey there-
This is been bothering me since very long now. Everytime I get off my car, I have this weird problem of static electricity zapping me when i touch the car door or anything metal. and when i try closing the door by pushign the window, there's this mild zapping when i touch the glass too (
can anyone suggest a cure?? *BZZZZZZ*
 
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Originally posted by Shahfazal Mohammed:
Hey there-
This is been bothering me since very long now. Everytime I get off my car, I have this weird problem of static electricity zapping me when i touch the car door or anything metal. and when i try closing the door by pushign the window, there's this mild zapping when i touch the glass too (
can anyone suggest a cure?? *BZZZZZZ*

before touching any metal touch a wood, that will discharge your static elec.
Better you change the cover of your car seat and have something which is not made of plastic. Put cotton cover on your seat.
I dont which country you are, else in India, you get seat cover made of beads, which are good to give you massage while driving and as they are made of wood, you also dont get charged with static elec.
[ March 12, 2004: Message edited by: R K Singh ]
 
Dmitry Melnik
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Keep contact with the metal body of your car while you are getting out of the seat.
 
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DM: Keep contact with the metal body of your car while you are getting out of the seat.
Exactly. It's not too hard to train yourself to do this. I'm one of those extremely conductive people. If I don't touch the metal of the door on the way out of the car, I stand a good chance of getting zapped with a nice blue-white arc.
 
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You know it is always good to hear that others have the same problem. With my old car I would get shocked everytime. In my newer car, this no longer happens.
Good Luck
Mark
 
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Happens all the time.
 
Angela Poynton
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It could also be related to the carpet in your car and/or the material that the soles of your shoes are made from.
 
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This is very common, and it is the cause of around 90% of gas station fires. People get out of their cars (mostly women, apparently--the overwhelming majority of guys tend to stay outside the car when filling the tank), grab the gas pump handle and throw a spark, and the fumes light up.
So DO grab the metal frame of your car when pulling yourself out of the seat when you're filling your tank...this is NO JOKE.
Otherwise, don't worry about it. A little shock every now and then can be fun, especially when applied to the nose or ear of an unsuspecting loved one.
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Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Dmitry Melnik:
Keep contact with the metal body of your car while you are getting out of the seat.
Thanks for the tip I never thought to try that! I get zapped all the time, in shops, after taking off my coat etc. Winter is really dry in Korea and it got so bad in our office we bought some humidifiers.
 
Michael Morris
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This isn't too common in my area where the relative humidity stays fairly high, but can be a real pain when you travel to dryer climes. The worst (well not really, causing a 1000 gallons of gasoline to explode would be the worst :roll: ) is when you get a drink and the it discharges from the water to your lips, youch!
 
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Michael Morris:
The worst (well not really, causing a 1000 gallons of gasoline to explode would be the worst :roll: ) is when you get a drink and the it discharges from the water to your lips, youch!
Back in England there's a pharmacy/toiletries supermarket chain called Boots. This is the worst place in town for static discharges. If I touched any fitting (even after a few steps) I'd get zapped. My girlfriend used to drag me around Boots most Saturdays, spending what seemed like hours buying "girly" stuff. My only amusement during these trips to "discharge hell" was to give her an occasional revenge peck on the lips. Zap!
 
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My only amusement during these trips to "discharge hell" was to give her an occasional revenge peck on the lips. Zap!
Wow, that jogged an old memory! When my wife and I were first married, she had a baby blue nightgown of some sort of very soft material. When the lights were off, it was like a light show. Blue-green sparks would fly all around anytime she moved. I assume it was static electricity causing it, but with newlyweds, who knows?
 
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Michael Morris:
When the lights were off, it was like a light show. Blue-green sparks would fly all around anytime she moved. I assume it was static electricity causing it, but with newlyweds, who knows?
That made me think of something too. When I was younger and living at home we kept the dryer in the garage. I used to bring in the laundry on winter nights and used to love grabbing the heavily charged clothes and waving it about making sparks in the dark! As you can imagine, those long winter evenings used to fly by ... I think I prefer your method
 
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It happens at work when I touch the monitor or the pillar I get this vey
 
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Anand Jayaraman:
It happens at work when I touch the monitor or the pillar I get this vey

check your carpet in the office ..
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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