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Since there are conflicting answers here, let me try to clarify:
 
It is not ''vitally'' important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is '''safer'''.
 
Anecdotally (take this with a grain of salt): I have been casually doing computer repairs on and off for more than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap.
 
Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390|Tracey said], if you take other necessary precautions, you ''can'' get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are with making sure you're always holding onto a grounded chassis, and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.
 
For reference, iFixit does sell a pretty cheaplow-cost and effective [product|IF145-071|Anti-Static Wrist Strap].
For reference, iFixit does sell a pretty cheaplow-cost and effective [product|IF145-071|Anti-Static Wrist Strap].

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Edit by: Taylor Arnicar ,

Text:

Since there are conflicting answers here, let me try to clarify:
 
It is not ''vitally'' important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is '''safer'''.
 
Anecdotally (take this with a grain of salt): I have been casually doing computer repairs on and off for more than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap.
 
Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390|Tracey said], if you take other necessary precautions, you ''can'' get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are with making sure you're always holding onto a grounded chassis, and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.
Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390|Tracey said], if you take other necessary precautions, you ''can'' get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are with making sure you're always holding onto a grounded chassis, and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.
 
For reference, iFixit does sell a pretty cheap [product|IF145-071|Anti-Static Wrist Strap].

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Edit by: Taylor Arnicar ,

Text:

Since there are conflicting answers here, let me try to clarify:
 
It is not ''vitally'' important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is '''safer'''.
 
IAnecdotally (take this with a grain of salt): I have been casually doing computer repairs on and off for more than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap. Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390 | Tracey

Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390|Tracey
said], if you take other necessary precautions, you can''can'' get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.

For reference, iFixit does sell a pretty cheap [product|IF145-071|Anti-Static Wrist Strap].
IAnecdotally (take this with a grain of salt): I have been casually doing computer repairs on and off for more than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap. Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390 | Tracey

Like [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390|Tracey
said], if you take other necessary precautions, you can''can'' get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.

For reference, iFixit does sell a pretty cheap [product|IF145-071|Anti-Static Wrist Strap].

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Edit by: Taylor Arnicar ,

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Since there are conflicting answers here, let me try to clarify:
 
It is not vitally''vitally'' important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is more safe'''safer'''.
It is not vitally''vitally'' important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is more safe'''safer'''.
 
I have been casually doing computer repairs for more than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap. But likeLike [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390 | Tracey saidsaid], if you take other necessary precautions, you can get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are working and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.
I have been casually doing computer repairs for more than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap. But likeLike [http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/20807/Do+I+really+need+a+anti-static+strap-mat+for+dismantling+a+desktop#answer21390 | Tracey saidsaid], if you take other necessary precautions, you can get away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are working and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something. If you do zap something, you'll certainly be sorry you weren't more careful - that's just a risk I've been willing to take.

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Edit by: Taylor Arnicar ,

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Since there are conflicting answers here, let me try to clarify:
 
It is not vitally important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is more safe.
It is not vitally important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will definitely help to ensure that everything you're doing is more safe.
 
I have been casually doing computer repairs for the better part ofmore than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on. Likeon, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap. But like Tracey said, if you take other necessary precautions, you can get certainly away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are working and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something.
I have been casually doing computer repairs for the better part ofmore than a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on. Likeon, but I've certainly been taking some risks by not using a wrist strap. But like Tracey said, if you take other necessary precautions, you can get certainly away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are working and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something.

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Original post by: Taylor Arnicar ,

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Since there are conflicting answers here, let me try to clarify:

It is not vitally important to either your safety, or the safety of your computer's electrical components that you use an anti-static strap / mat. That being said, it does not hurt anything at all to be using one, and it will help to ensure that everything is more safe.

I have been doing computer repairs for the better part of a decade, and have never used an anti-static strap / mat myself. I have never shorted out any of the components I was working on. Like Tracey said, if you take other necessary precautions, you can get certainly away without it. It's more a question of how comfortable you are working and how confident you are that you won't accidentally zap something.

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