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    Unhappy Not Kidding - Fried my thermostat with electric shock.

    Does anyone else have trouble with constant static shocks?

    It's been a long, cold winter and I attribute it primarily to lack of humidity in house combined with electric w/c use.

    I roll along and I'm Electro from Marvel comics! Everyone / everything I touch - zap!

    went to increase heat on thermostat the other day - zap! Display is FUBAR now.

    FML.

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    I have to touch something before I touch my dog or her poor nose gets a jolt. Is this all power chair users or just those who have synthetic carpeting in their house? I seem to be ok returning home as long as I am on the hardwood floored areas.
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    You should be able to eliminate the static build up the same way people do their cars/trucks. Hang a small chain or flexible wire from the metal from of your chair so that it makes contact with the carpet/ground or whatever. Obviously you need to use something that is not noisy or will not scratch the floor>
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    Get a Nest thermostat, you can change it from your kindle/ipad/phone/computer


    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyCrip View Post
    Does anyone else have trouble with constant static shocks?

    It's been a long, cold winter and I attribute it primarily to lack of humidity in house combined with electric w/c use.

    I roll along and I'm Electro from Marvel comics! Everyone / everything I touch - zap!

    went to increase heat on thermostat the other day - zap! Display is FUBAR now.

    FML.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    You should be able to eliminate the static build up the same way people do their cars/trucks. Hang a small chain or flexible wire from the metal from of your chair so that it makes contact with the carpet/ground or whatever. Obviously you need to use something that is not noisy or will not scratch the floor>
    Christmas tree icicles or metallic garland will work. Back in the day, when I worked around high speed printing equipment, we used to wrap that stuff around our shoes to keep from getting zapped.
    Last edited by willingtocope; 03-26-2014 at 02:57 PM.

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    I have the same problem in winter. Fried two alarm clocks, worry about my laptop.

    Hanging the chain did not help, still got shocks.

    One thing I do, I have a steel desk for my computer, so I make sure my wheelchair touches first to get rid of the static electricity. Can hear it spark.
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

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    I would try old fashioned, rubber static straps that used to drag behind the bumpers of cars in the '60's. Would need to attach to the frame under the chair and be short enough to stay away from the wheels,
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    Aren't the rubber wheels enough? I have a low Q'Strain docking hitch underneath and I think that is what causes the static in the bedroom and part of the living room where we have carpet. This wasn't much of a problem until this year and this is our first winter with the docking hookup for the new van.
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