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Gudeman

06:22PM | 11/10/02
Member Since: 11/05/00
4 lifetime posts
Bvlawn
My newly installed plastic deck is creating static electricity, especially on dry, windy days. What can I do to minimize or eliminate it?

rpxlpx

04:38AM | 11/11/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I'd like to know more about this plastic deck. Where did it come from, who installed it, how big is it, what kind of plastic?
Is it suppported by plastic posts?

Gudeman

06:12PM | 11/11/02
Member Since: 11/05/00
4 lifetime posts
We ordered the lumber from a local distributor. It is called "Carefree" Plastic Lumber. It is made of recycled milk jugs. We had an independant contractor install it. The deck is approximately 16'x40'. The framework/posts is/are made of pressure treated (wooden) lumber. We really like it but the static electricity is annoying.

rpxlpx

05:13AM | 11/12/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Your post might do better in the Electrical area, but my thought would be to use a ground rod and wire. Get a copper ground rod, drive it into the ground, attach a copper wire from it to the plastic part of the deck.

CW

09:06AM | 11/12/02
Member Since: 10/28/02
2 lifetime posts
I'm in the process of building a deck using poly lumber (as my dist. calls it). Same thing, 100% recycled milk jugs. He recommended running a small copper wire along the top of one joist and then to a grounding rod. This way each board touches the ground wire, and eliminates the static problem. Interesting that your dist. didn't mention this, as this was the one "con" if you will that the place we got ours from warned us about.

For rpxlpx - mine came from a place called Milmar Plastics in Maryland. Their website (www.milmar.com)has some info. Mine is tongue and groove, 3/4". So far seems to be pretty easy to work with, and it comes with a 25 year warranty against fading, cracking, splitting, etc. The lack of fading is what convinced us to go this route rather than some of the other composites.

Craig

BV005187

09:23AM | 08/01/14
I don't understand how you guys ground plastic, as far as I know plastic is used as an insulator, unless your boards have some type of conductive additive, (but then you probably wouldn't have the static problem). I would assume that the plastic deck is more of a generator of Static-E and the person is the battery, when the person touches a grounded source or another person you discharge. If your asking why touching another person creates a shock, its because each person would build a different amount of static electricity depending on how they move, type of shoes their wearing, and some other factors. I'm still curious to know if any of the things you guys tried have worked.
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