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ILOVECH
Posted 1/24/2011 20:38 (#1570377)
Subject: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Ontario, Canada

I'm just wondering if any of you know a good way for me to stop getting static shocks from my treadmill?  It's brand new and is grounded fine, I can't seem to find a solution to this problem.  If I plug in my ipod with earphones I will get a shock in my ears every 4 seconds... it hurts so bad it's not even funny... so I no longer use my earphones.  If I check my heartrate or grab the metal part of the bars I will also get a nice electrical reminder that I have a static problem.  Any ideas??? LOL 

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black dirt
Posted 1/24/2011 20:43 (#1570398 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Mt. Pulaski, Illinois
Return the treadmill to the store and run up and down the road?
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ILOVECH
Posted 1/24/2011 20:44 (#1570401 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Ontario, Canada
hahaha very funny... if it wasn't -23C and I didn't have 3 young kids in the house maybe that would be an option for me but it isn't.
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Kooiker
Posted 1/24/2011 20:45 (#1570405 - in reply to #1570401)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Is it dry in your house?

 

Some types of pants are very bad for creating static electricity, esp when running.  Maybe try different clothes.

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dko_scOH
Posted 1/24/2011 20:45 (#1570407 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



-82.98, 39.48

It's possible that your treadmill is grounded properly -- but that you are not. You are insulated from it by the rubberized walking surface. Technicians who work on electronics wear grounding straps that connect their wrist to their work surface. (Radio Shack has them for about $6.) Something like that might help.

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jj4910
Posted 1/24/2011 20:47 (#1570418 - in reply to #1570407)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



SE Wyoming

How about using some Static-Guard on the belt?

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Dingaling
Posted 1/24/2011 20:50 (#1570431 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Owings, Maryland 38.6856 N 76.6752 W
I believe you will need to drive a 1/2" copper clad ground rod in the ground outside the window, string a 10 gauge stranded coated wire between the ground rod and the treadmill, secure the wire to each with an approved wire clamp, should rid you of your problems.

Is the treadmill set up on carpet ????? Perhaps just try some neoprene pads between the treadmill feet and the carpet.......

Keep us posted, sounds interesting !!!!
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ILOVECH
Posted 1/24/2011 20:56 (#1570453 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Ontario, Canada
LOL... so I need to connect myself some how to the treadmill and buy some static guard? Anytime I touch it or have anything attached I get shocked. No, it's not on carpet, it's on concrete (right next to the fuse panel for the house). I have two electricians in my family, maybe I should call them! :)
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Sledge
Posted 1/24/2011 20:57 (#1570458 - in reply to #1570431)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


Extreme SW Minnesota Iowa border
The charge you are getting is from a build up of electrical potential. You need to slowly drain that off so you don't feel it. The potential exsists between YOU and the Metal pieces. I would think some kind of a ground strap would take care of it. It doesn't have to be much. Just any small piece of a conductor. I think they make something like that for working on computers.
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bwire
Posted 1/24/2011 21:00 (#1570468 - in reply to #1570453)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


Rock County, MN

Is the treadmill setting on a rubber mat or on carpet?

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mennoboy
Posted 1/24/2011 21:11 (#1570509 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


Rivers, MB
don't use it in the bathtub!

Does that help???

sorry, couldn't resist. just one of those days
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Big Pig
Posted 1/24/2011 21:54 (#1570644 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


West central IL
Id just give up, hang cloths on it like ours!
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Dundee
Posted 1/24/2011 22:58 (#1570843 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


you need to wear non-plastic shoes.
Try it barefoot or socks with not much synthetic stuff in it.
Is your humidity 50%+ ? Below 35/40% I get a shock of all switches, metal doors, etcetera.
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dloc
Posted 1/24/2011 23:10 (#1570886 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


1. Go buy an outlet checker ($5 at the hardware store) to verify proper grounding of the outlet (or call in the family). And then verify with a resistance meter that the treadmill is in fact grounded to its plug.

2. Raise the humidity level in the air.

3. Ground yourself with a ground strap. Make certain that it has a break-away feature.

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Omar
Posted 1/24/2011 23:13 (#1570895 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


Kitchener, Ontario

Hate to say it, but it sounds like there is something wrong with the treadmill itself. I can't believe you should have to do anything other than get on it and start moving. The only possible fault might be an extremely dry house which is possible in this temperature, but still...

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Jon Hagen
Posted 1/24/2011 23:17 (#1570904 - in reply to #1570843)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Hagen Brothers farms,Goodrich ND
When your on the tredmill, are your hands are on rubber or plastic hand grips ??

Try keeping one hand / finger on the exposed metal frame of the mill.
If thats hard or impossible, use a static wrist strap to the metal mill frame to discharge the static electricity as it forms. That way the voltage will never get high enough to shock you.
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dutch
Posted 1/25/2011 00:29 (#1571064 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



West Texas
Um, don't touch it?
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Russ In Idaho
Posted 1/25/2011 04:12 (#1571153 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: Sally, you need to face the fact...........


S.E. Idaho on the edge of the Great Basin
that you are just a electrifying person! LOL Sorry, I just couldn't resist it!
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frank l
Posted 1/25/2011 07:47 (#1571241 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


nc nebraska butte
Ya could always drag a log chain that way you never build up static.lol did you try different shoes or did you have the hubby try it ?See if he got sapped.
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gr ecks
Posted 1/25/2011 08:29 (#1571301 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: RE:What I do,,,,


is let my hands touch the frame at the front of the tread mill each swing of my arms, static doesn't build up that way. Works for me.
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baler brian
Posted 1/25/2011 14:48 (#1572032 - in reply to #1570431)
Subject: RE: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



If the treadmill has a 3-prong plug and the house is wired correctly that grounding should already be done. The fact that she is getting shocked when she touches the metal parts indicates the path to ground is there already.
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Thud
Posted 1/25/2011 15:06 (#1572060 - in reply to #1570453)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


Essex Country Ontario
Sally do you use one of those "dead man" safety clips when you are on the treadmill? You know the lil clip that you are supposed to clip to your shirt, so if you call the treadmill stops? If you don't try using it, it may allow a path for the static to discharge continually.
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farmer sd
Posted 1/25/2011 18:02 (#1572311 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



I would say don't get on it then lol
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ILOVECH
Posted 1/26/2011 10:22 (#1573772 - in reply to #1570377)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???



Ontario, Canada
Thanks for all your suggestions... and yes I always have the safety clip on just in case. Hopefully I can get this figured out :)
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Thud
Posted 1/26/2011 20:12 (#1574667 - in reply to #1573772)
Subject: Re: How do I stop my treadmill from shocking me???


Essex Country Ontario
Try using a different safety clip, maybe rig up something made from wire will act as a ground between you and the treadmill.
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