moving my work area

nomak

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My current work area is in a small carpeted room ( bad for static I know ) but its getting full of old towers and parts.. Im thinking of moving down stairs in my basement where its semi finished and no carpet..but have shelves for storage and tables to work on..my question is its always cool down there hence its the basement but would I have to worry about moisture or temps affecting stuff that is stored on the shelves or even stuff im currently working on?? thanks..
 

leSLIe

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would I have to worry about moisture or temps affecting stuff that is stored on the shelves or even stuff im currently working on?? thanks..

so, what would you be storing on those shelves? are you referring to computer hardware?
no problems regarding the temps (unless they are close to absolute zero :p)

there is a lot of moisture around where i live (at least 80% relative humidity year-round) and i've never have any problems with mold growing on my computer hardware.

there is however a fungus that grows around here, in South America, that eats the aluminum substrate of the CDs and DVDs, making them totally unreadable.
I have to vacuum seal my entire CD and DVD collection because of this :(
 

nomak

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yeah basically towers to be worked on or towers that were given to me for parts and also boxes that I have parts stored in as well on the shelves..in summer im guessing its 60 to 65 farenheit an winter probablly 50 or above never had a thermostat down there or humidity/moisture gauge to be for sure on those numbers..
 

nomak

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ok my basement temp is 65F and 59% humidity level and its been 85F outside today with my central ait set on 73F in the house.. thanks again...
 

BlindedByScience

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Bare concrete is a actually a very good floor for static control. We had a static control specialist sweep a lab for us in a previous job and he said it typically retains enough moisture that it's reasonably conductive. It should work fine for your work room.
 

nomak

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Bare concrete is a actually a very good floor for static control. We had a static control specialist sweep a lab for us in a previous job and he said it typically retains enough moisture that it's reasonably conductive. It should work fine for your work room.

Is the humidity/moisture level within range of being all right and what would be a bad range on the humidity level to exceed so I can keep an eye on it in winter time and know if it changes to much if I should be worried or not.. and yes the concrete flooring is one of the main issues Im wanting to move down there so as not to have to worry about static build up.. thanks again..
 

BlindedByScience

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Of course heating the room will typically drive the humidity down. OTOH if you take the time to ground your work benches and shelves to a solid ground, you should be in good shape. Keep an eye on the RH over the winter and you'll know more about your specific environment.

There's a ton of static control suggestions and guidelines on line; they should Google right up.
 

interested

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It is also probably not a bad idea to actually buy some good grounding mats and wrist straps if your really concerned with the static in your work area.

They really are not that expensive, and in my opinion, when you consider the extra safety they add when handling expensive computer compartments it is worth it.
 
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