How to Stop Getting Shocked by Static Electricity When Exiting Your Car

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Step 2: The Tubes

  • Find a metal tube that fits the resistor inside. (I used brass)
  • Find a plastic tube that just fits the metal tube. (I have no idea what my plastic tube was in his previous live)
  • Sand (or file) a nice chamfer on one site of the metal tube.
  • Cut it as short as possible while it still is long enough to stay in the plastic tube. (1 cm worked for me)
  • Cut an other piece longer for the back. (2 cm or something like that)

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2-Wear the right clothing for exercise

It's a sad but true fact that your clothing can ca

It’s a sad but true fact that your clothing can cause a significant static buildup. You might have killer workout clothing that you love wearing for strength training or cardio routines. When you hop on a treadmill or elliptical, though, you might not be as confident. Static shocks are unpleasant reactions that can put a damper on your workout.

Synthetic materials like polyester and nylon build up a significantly higher static charge, and they love to transfer that charge to anything nearby. The result? A powerful zap as you’re trying to work up a sweat.

Whenever possible, try to wear natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo while using your treadmill or elliptical. You will find that it helps with static shock and is more breathable and comfortable during your workout. For tips on choosing the perfect workout clothes, we recommend reading How to Choose the Right Workout Clothes.

Along with low-static clothing, you should consider your footwear. Rubber soles on shoes can sometimes generate static charges, creating a buildup of electricity as you run on a treadmill. Your best bet is to test out different shoes and see which ones don’t build up as much static. Alternately, you may find static dissipating shoes that have enough shock absorption, cushioning, and support for indoor exercise.

Preventing shocks

The only way to prevent getting a painful static electric shock when you touch a metal object or other electrical conductor is to ground yourself to drain off those excess static charges.

Must be constantly aware

If you have a tendency for building up static electricity, you need to be constantly aware of the possibility of getting a shock. You need to remember to ground yourself before touching anything metal, an animal or even another person.

Use a key or thimble

Touching a nonconductor like a wooden door before you touch the metal doorknob can help reduce the shock, but the best way for prevention is to drain off all your charges by directly touching the conductor with something in between you and the grounding item.

You can use a metal object like a key to touch a conductor and drain off your excess charges. This may cause the spark to fly from the key and not your finger. That is much less uncomfortable.

You can also use a ring you are wearing or even use a metal thimble to move the shock from your finger to the metal object. Note that sparks may blemish a ring, so don’t use a valuable one.

Using a thimble to protect finger
   from static

Using a thimble to protect finger from static shock before touching doorknob

Use a static shock eliminator

There are devices on the market that can be used to drain off static electric charges from your body. They have simple electronics that slow the discharge of electrons and prevent a spark. This can be important in preventing explosions by grounding yourself after getting out of your car at a filling station.

Static shock eliminator fits on key chain

Static shock eliminator fits on key chain

(This device may be purchased through Amazon.com

Discipline needed

You really need discipline to remember to ground yourself before touching metal objects of conductors. However, if static electricity shocks are a major problem with you, the extra effort should be worth the trouble.

Homemade Solutions to Treadmill Static

If you want to try a homemade solution for elliptical or treadmill static electricity, here are a few to consider.

  • Fabric softener: Some clients tell us that wiping the treadmill belt with fabric softener reduces static as they run on their treadmills.
  • Anti-static spray: We’ve heard that spraying anti-static spray on the area surrounding the treadmill or elliptical may help to stop static.
  • Ventilation: We also recommend increasing airflow in the area to ensure no dust, mold, or other contaminants can clog up your machine.

Searching for new fitness equipment? Reach out to our experts at G&G for advice on the best treadmills and ellipticals for your home.  

Step 4: Solder the Resistor

  • Solder the snipped wire to the metal tube. I soldered it with a nice dome for looks.
  • Bent the wire on the other side back into the tube, so you get a ring on the back.
  • Solder the bend wire on the back to the straight tube.
  • (optional) measure if the resistance between the two tubes. It should be 1.5 M

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  • Julie Jamison

Dec 4, 2017

    Julie Jamison Dec 4, 2017

    “This article answered all my questions about static electricity. My problem was shocking my poor cats! I now have a humidifier running, have sprayed anti-static solution, and have ordered two types of anti-static bracelets–didn’t know they existed!” …” more

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