Button and LED problems

Hi all, I've been messing around with some examples recently, and I decided to look at the "button" example so I could incorporate it into my AGV. I'm having what appears to be a static electricity problem. Whenever I come within 2 inches of the wire that connects the Arduino to the button, the LED automatically lights up. When I go to press the button, the LED turns off. And here's another weird thing that's happening--When I go to push the button with a solid wooden ruler, the LED stays off when I push the button. I'm 99.99% positive I have the wiring correct. Can anyone help me here?

sora628: Hi all, I've been messing around with some examples recently, and I decided to look at the "button" example so I could incorporate it into my AGV. I'm having what appears to be a static electricity problem. Whenever I come within 2 inches of the wire that connects the Arduino to the button, the LED automatically lights up. When I go to press the button, the LED turns off. And here's another weird thing that's happening--When I go to push the button with a solid wooden ruler, the LED stays off when I push the button. I'm 99.99% positive I have the wiring correct. Can anyone help me here?

What's your code?

The "lights when I approach" problem sounds like a floating input. When the button is open the input pin has to be connected to ground or +5V with a resistor. If not, the input will read random static.

Check your wiring again. Compare it to the tutorials.

didn't realize i was missing my ground and resistor to the button....sorry about that!! that was silly of me