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Tonic Please
6th Mar 2006, 15:50
It bloody hurts! I don't know why, but whatever I touch, I seem to get a nasty shock. Every single time I get out the car, I get one closing the door. Today I tried to cheat the system by using my elbow inside my coat, and it worked until I put the key in and got one through the plastic cover where you put your fingers!! What's that about??

I get one opening the front door, touching a wall (ours have metal inside, i dont know why but it happens nonetheless). It only happens when I wear trainers. Ok, rubber and carpet but from the car? I've never had this problem it's just started over the past 2 weeks. I wonder what the problem is?

Must be that I'm a bright spark :D :ugh:

timmcat
6th Mar 2006, 15:53
Don't tell plod Dan, otherwise you might get put on a charge!!!

Parapunter
6th Mar 2006, 15:53
Wear leather shoes. Or more to the point, don't wear rubber soles. You are a bunch of electrickery looking for a way out. Alternatively, earth your self before getting up, say for example out of the car:eek:

Wyler
6th Mar 2006, 15:54
Take my advice, buy crimpolene trousers, go for a jog and you will never have to worry about buying Viagra.

Loose rivets
6th Mar 2006, 16:57
Take my advice, buy crimpolene trousers, go for a jog and you will never have to worry about buying Viagra.

Yeh, you'd look so unattractive in those, that Viagra would be a waste:}

Seriously folks, if the humidity is low, then open the car door and put your fingers on the glass to hold it open and then close it. This will usually pull the high voltages down enough not to hurt. Grip the key firmly as you touch it to the lock, the spikes will be more spread out.

I seem to not be able to resist cussing when I get a belt from a car, then I make......

"Hello darl...........FCUK!!....ing, how

are you?" Type of greetings.

Tonic Please
6th Mar 2006, 17:01
Good ideas.

Couldn't help but laugh out at imagining your scene, LR.

Think about it, we're a high % of water and we have electricity going around us. Who the hell thought of that?

tony draper
6th Mar 2006, 17:24
I believe you can get a device that hangs from the rear bumper of the car to the ground that earths the vehicle,supposed to prevent static build up,of course this will make no difference if you are charging yourself up before you enter the vehicle,servicing stuff in hotels was the worste long corridors with man made fibre carpets, seen static sparks jump four inches to zap one.
:uhoh:

Tonic Please
6th Mar 2006, 17:26
Oh yes.. the black things i've seen those. I think I know what my next purchase will be!

Good thinking Mr Drapes. :cool:

airship
6th Mar 2006, 17:32
I have the same problem at this time of the year Tonic. It must be wearing wooly jumpers under the leather jacket. :8

An electrician once noticed how I timidly reached out to the door handle at an electrical wholesalers. Instead of using my fingertip, he recommended that I just push with my whole palm in future. It should spread the shock effect theoretically. In practice, this only works in theory though... :{

ehwatezedoing
6th Mar 2006, 17:53
,servicing stuff in hotels was the worste long corridors with man made fibre carpets, seen static sparks jump four inches to zap one.
:uhoh:
I did so the other day, walking a long hotel's corridor with carpets....and kissed girlfriend afterward :E
We zapped our mutual noses quite strongly! funny through but painful.

acbus1
6th Mar 2006, 18:06
Having learnt the hard way, I now habitually "flick" my finger over the button panel outside hotel lifts. Quick swipe with a finger.

This discharges the (inevitable) static painlessly.

Then I'm OK to press the button.

Alternatively, I use the key fob (usually plastic) provided it's the correct shape.


And I always thought I was a down-to-earth sorta guy. :ooh:

rhythm method
6th Mar 2006, 18:43
Tonic,

I've been having this problem too when wearing certain types of shoe.

The trick is to be holding onto a metal part of the door before you step out of the car. That way, any sparking is done through the shoe and you won't be left jumping about like a [email protected] in a bottle!!

You will, however, look like an old codger, unsteady and needing assistance to exit the vehicle... but which is worse? :\

sangiovese.
6th Mar 2006, 18:57
You'll find it's a problem right now because of our really dry air (arctic) and the low dew point/air temp - 9 degree split today. Also if you have a fire in the house, the atmosphere really dries out....every time I stroke the dog in the evening at the moment I get an electric shock.

Foss
6th Mar 2006, 19:01
You're not rubbing you head with a balloon on the way to the car are you? That could be the reason. Just wondering.
I'll shut up now
Fos

Noah Zark.
6th Mar 2006, 19:23
Hold something metal (i.e., your car key) and touch the edge of the car door with it as you exit the vehicle. Also, having got out of the car, still holding key, touch it on something else (preferably metal, i.e. gate, w.h.y.?) to discharge the static.
That way, when the tiny (bloody painful) electric arc occurs, it is from the end of the key.

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Mar 2006, 19:42
Or hoard it carefully, then brush by the GF's boobs on the way past. Usually elicits a squeak and some horseplay.....:E :ok:

tony draper
6th Mar 2006, 20:00
Oh boy Mr Twotter,that would make her fleece stand on end.
:E

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Mar 2006, 20:02
'Tis the reason for the invention of Velcro gloves, don'tcherknow?:E

tilewood
6th Mar 2006, 20:57
I have found in the very dry atmosphere of the last few days
that in addition to static electricity my lips and finger nails are cracking
and sore.

Shortly I may crumble away, if you should see a pile of
dust in the road just pour water on it, it could be me!!! :ok:

G-CPTN
6th Mar 2006, 21:45
atmosphere of the last few days that in addition to static electricity my lips and finger nails are cracking and sore.

Too much possing and kazooing on the washboard I'd say.

Windy Militant
6th Mar 2006, 21:58
I have great fun in this weather. Every time I take my pulley off it's like a minature lighting storm. When I'm ironing I get hankies stuck on the ceiling, and when I brush my hair I turn into Yahoo Bl**dy serious, playing Young Einstein, and driving the car out of the garage builds up enough charge to draw a spark that can be both seen and heard. :eek: :\