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Thread: Best way to test if an anti-static gun is still working?

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    Join Date: Feb 2018

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    Default Best way to test if an anti-static gun is still working?

    Hi,

    After hours of searching I finally found my trusty Milty Zerostat in a drawer. It no longer has the little plug-in thingamabob that goes in the nozzle, which if memory serves would indicate if the gun was "anti-static-erising" (tm) properly?

    Does anyone know if the little plug-in things are available to buy separately? I can't be the first to lose one. Or alternatively if there's another foolproof way of testing the power, or otherwise of the gun?

    Cheers,

    Steve

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    Point the thing at the palm of your hand, slowly squeeze the trigger and you should feel a cool 'breeze' if the thing is working. Also, if you operate it in a dark room, you should see a tiny blue glow at the end of the discharge pin.

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    Yes,

    use it to remove static! The results are pretty self evident!

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ammonite Acoustics View Post
    Point the thing at the palm of your hand, slowly squeeze the trigger and you should feel a cool 'breeze' if the thing is working. Also, if you operate it in a dark room, you should see a tiny blue glow at the end of the discharge pin.
    Good advice, although, try somewhere more tender (No! Not there).

    Just where your wrist pulse is.... it will give to a very small tingle.

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    Darkened room; place point within 2/3MM of metal object (eg door handle) and squeeze trigger - it should produce a very visible arc. I brought mine in 1976 and it still works.

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    Thanks Richard, that's tonight's project!

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    discharging it near tt when amp etc is on you should hear it too hitting stylus
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    gold leaf electroscope - you may be able to make your own version with a bit of metal foil and an insulating rod.

    something like this?

    https://youtu.be/3qyeQO1guKk
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    I test mine by trying it on the grandkids, mind you a 2nd test is never easy

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    Do it on your tongue like you used to with those big square batteries as a kid
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