- Oct 20, 2010
This Ebay lister decided to put an electronic board directly on *checks notes* a paper towel.
Wow. I guess expecting to sell it for 25k doesn't mean they'll respect and try to protect their investment. Easily one of the dumber Ebay listers I've ever seen.
What's wrong with a paper towel? It is made of wood particles, thus anti-static by nature.
People make wooden racks to hold their old computer add-in cards for the same reason.
Paper towels are not wood though and I'm not even sure you'd say wood is anti-static by nature.
It's incredibly sloppy to put hardware on a paper towel and no it's not anti-static.
Use wood or an anti static work mat (not a conductive mat! - they can KILL you - (These mats can conduct lethal mains voltage!)) for a work surface. Store parts in anti-static plastic bags (paper envelopes or cardboard boxes will work well enough for most applications just don't use plastic containers). Cardboard and paper are naturally anti-static as long as they don't have any plastic coatings. Cardboard containers are fine as long as they are not coated with black conductive materials that provide a destructive path for a static discharge. The only drawback to paper and cardboard containers is they don't provide the vapor barrier needed to preserve the solderability of surface mount parts.