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polymorph

I've developed an instinct to touch the metal chassis first. Even if someone is handing me a board, I get odd looks because I touch their hand or arm first.

I've not had a problem melting my antistatic mat, as I generally put my boards in a board vise. At work, my mat looks terrible because I inherited it from who knows how many techs. So it has melted spots, holes, and a lot of cut marks from knives and from people banging the edges of heavy objects on it.

I just mostly get it dirty.

How are you melting holes in your mat? I've had the occasional solder blob when tinning the tip, but it just makes a small smooth spot.

I've worked in a lot of TV shops that have indoor-outdoor carpeting on the floor and the benches. So I kept my area sprayed down from a bottle I'd mixed water and liquid fabric softener into. Every week on Friday just before leaving, I would spray it all down until it is slightly damp. Bone dry by Monday, and no static.

I used the same trick to spray the carpets in front of the games in a video arcade, to keep people from getting a huge shock when touching the well-grounded games after having scuffed their way across the synthetic indoor-outdoor carpeting (see a theme here?)
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kt425

I have heard these mats are pretty good. Its by 3M and is made of rubber which holds up to heat better than the vinyl mats.
http://www.gotopac.com/3M_6800_Table_Mat_p/6810-3m.htm

JoeN


I have heard these mats are pretty good. Its by 3M and is made of rubber which holds up to heat better than the vinyl mats.
http://www.gotopac.com/3M_6800_Table_Mat_p/6810-3m.htm


All the mats mentioned so far, starting with Crossroads, seem to be the same mat:

http://www.uline.com/BL_7403/Anti-Static-Table-Mats?keywords=Anti-static
http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/work-benches/components/mats/2-x-4-anti-static-mat
http://www.gotopac.com/3M_6800_Table_Mat_p/6810-3m.htm

I got mine from Global because it was cheaper than Uline and the same spec.   I see it is a little cheaper at PAC but I wasn't aware of them before.  It has held up very well over the last year.  Impossible to burn with a soldering iron.

How did I burn my prior Jameco mat?  Any solder drip would burn at least a millimeter or so into the mat.  It melted very easily.  With the new mat, solder just pools on top and makes a little droplet like a chocolate chip - perfectly flat on the bottom and rounder up top.  Then you just pry it off with tweezers or needle nose pliers.  It leaves no mark.
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polymorph

Wow! I guess I've been lucky with mats. Never had a drip burn a hole, even just a mm deep.
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