Static problem? Try this

The static I generate when walking over to my hi-fi rig could stun a small mammal, especially if I'm wearing my favorite slippers. I've tried various things to mitigate it (humidifier, touching the fireplace doors, etc.) but they were either a hassle or didn't work very well.

Last night, after a particularly big shock (1/2" bolt of blue, ouch!) my wife suggested I place one of those dryer sheets (we use Bounce) on top of my equipment. What the heck, I'll give it a try....

IT WORKS LIKE A CHAMP! I cannot believe how well this works! There is absolutely NO static now, all I have to do is touch the sheet before touching any equipment. Try it and see.

My wife, I think I'll keep her!
I welcome the idea, and will try it immediately. I recently knocked out my MSB Link when I touched it. I thought I had blown it out or something. In the winter here in Minnesota, I have a humidifier running full time, and I've noticed that when wearing my athletic shoes things are the worst. Thanks for the tip!
If heard that is effective. Also, put some liquid fabric softener in a spray bottle and just moisten the carept in front of your rig.. Test a small piece of carpet first. Have never heard of damage (it is intended for fabrics), but why risk it?
My black and blue finger tips thank you.
I spray anti static spray near my rack and on the floor below my cables. Better soundstage and less bright sound.
What if you have electro-static speakers? :o)
And I smell so fresh.
Banksfriend: Not after a big bowl of Chili you don't : )

I simply placed a point to ground myself out on each of my racks. I touch it prior to touching any of the gear. This is a sure-fire method that doesn't leave anything to chance.

As far as using Bounce or something similar, i have to wonder how this works and for how long ? Will you find out the hard way ( zapped digital gear ) when it stops working ? Sean
Well, yes, grounding the rack and REMEMBERING to touch it first works best.

The spray on the carpet lasts about a month or so, depending, and can usually get you by during the driest part of the winter. I used to live in the Midwest where it was Rice Krispie time during the winter and used this to some decent effect. Now, I have worked something similar to Sean, but in the case of the Bay Area, CA, find it more useful during the dry summer months. El Nino has provided more moisture than we need right now!
I've tried it, and so far it works great. Let's see how long it stays effective.
Well, I've been using the same Bounce sheet for a month now and it STILL works like a champ! I think I'm gonna have a special run of these made up with some printing on 'em: "Audiophile Static Busters" or something like that and then come back here and sell 'em for ten bucks a sheet - I'll be RICH in no time [smile]...

I am reading this thread while still shaking after just having blown out the right woofer of my three month old Ethera vitae speakers ( I have a Moon i-5 integrated amp and a Musical Fidelity CD player, as well as a tape deck, arranged on top of a wooden entertainment cabinet (TV/DVD, wired into the amp for improved sound).
I'm in Ottawa where the air is dry right now, and I've had two or three incidents, prior to this killer one, where the static I was carrying cause the Moon to temporarily kill any music that was playing, only to have it kick back in after turning the volume control up or down a couple of times.
I thought that this was a minor inconvenience but to be on the safe side, I asked the owner of the high end store for advice on static. He gave me very basic advice - ground yourself before touching the amp or CD player, the latter aparently being more sensitive. I therefore started touching the tape deck, which is rarely powered up and which sits on top of the CD player, to remove the charge (similar to touching a rack presumably?). I was in the process of doing this tonight, while the TV was playing through the speakers, when the charge I was carrying was grounded through either the CD player or the tape deck (I can't be sure which). There wasn't a larger shock than usual but there was a bit of a "whump" and the red error light on the amp came on and the sound died. I tried my usual trick to get the system going - it wasn't working. Then I started smelling an electrical burning smell. It was getting stronger - I thought the amp was burning up inside and saw whisps of smoke around the amp. I immediately unplugged it but then saw that the smoke was coming out the grill of my speaker!
And that's my experience with static. Could I have done more? Should the shop owner have known that static can do this and, given that his shop is in Ottawa with winter temperatures reaching -30C, should he have been more proactive with ideas such as antistatic spray/Bounce sheets given the catastrophic possibilities? How do I stand with warranties - is anyone liable?
Thanks for reading this. Any comments/advice - I feel sick!....:(