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When dumping lye from plastic bags into the methanol mixing tank I have noticed some evidence of static electricity. The beads of lye will dance around a little and cling to the bag. Recently after dumping a bag I touched the small metal tank lid to close it and I got a good zap of static. Nothing bad happened that time. I now will always touch the metal frame somewhere away from the lid before touching the lid. Or I could clip a ground wire to my ear. I wonder if you can buy gold alligator clips. Live and learn.
 
Location: Virginia | Registered: March 17, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Location: Western NY | Registered: September 16, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Here are some good best practices to avoid static arcs as well.
Another tip to avoid feeling a whack from the static shock is to hold a key or other metal object and then touch it to the grounded metal, the arc will discharge through the metal and you wont feel it at all.
Cheers,
Jon
 
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It's fun to do that on a cats' nose. Big Grin
 
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