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    Default Dryer Static - modify dryer grounds....amicrazyorwhat?

    Now that the wife wont let me use dryer sheets or anything similar on the new baby clothes, the static is driving me nuts. I've tried all of the prescribed methods - vinnegar, dryer balls, aluminum foil (more on that) with no success....came across a length of stranded copper grounding wire from an old project. What about modifying the dryer to have a greater grounding potential? I'm not talking about the motor which would still be connected to house ground,, but introducing some sort of chassis ground with a super low potential directly to earth (in this case to a blackpipe running overhead, which is not tied to house ground...

    I havent dug into the wiring diagram for the dryer yet, although I suspect there is a ground connection from the drum to the normal chassis ground. I want to isolate that into its own ground. Any thoughts?

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    I doubt grounding the drum will help. It's the fabrics rubbing together that causes the static.

    I put only clothes in the dryer and don't get *any* static anymore. The things that helped were:

    - avoiding synthetic fabrics (and wool).

    - using less detergent.

    - throwing in a big worn out cotton towel with every load.

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    The tub turns around and around so to try to attach a wire to it would only cause the wire to wrap around the tub until it pulls free.

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    The Drum is already grounded thru the Drum Bearing.

    Some dryers do have humidity sensors in the drum, and you can put the dryer on less dry.

    The dryer you dry the cloths the more static charging. Just do not dry them so long, save power.


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    Yes, enjoy the Baby. If static cling is all that's bothering you, then you're doing all right.

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    thanks everyone. I stumbled upon the wiring diagram for the dryer, and correct, it grounds through the drum, and actually back through the white wire to the panel. Adding or changing that around would likely have more issues down the line. I've tried using vinnegar in the wash and it seems to help. I guess I'll stick with that for now. I've also gotten these (allegedly) metal impregnated cloths that seem to be helping as well.

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