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Shocked at Trifield Meter readings

Discussion in 'The New Monster Thread' started by BJK77, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. BJK77

    BJK77 Gold

    We have a smaller 25-gallon aquarium in my son's room and it is off the charts! Needless to say, the fishies are going bye-bye ASAP. We do cut the breakers in all the bedrooms at night already, which probably isn't even good to have the filter off for that amount of time, but I worry about him being in there at all during the day, so it just has to go.
  2. endless

    endless New Member

    I'd love some input about how to ground this set-up...my poor snake has been well insulated for years and I'd love to get him grounded!

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  3. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    Okay, I have to ask...what kind of snake is that? Love your plants.

    I used to have a pair of chameleons when I was in my 20s. Named the Rock & Roll :)
  4. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    Thanks for the feedback. I thought it would be bad.
  5. endless

    endless New Member

    He's a California King Snake. when he was small I would take him for 'walks' out on the grass, but he's too fast now, I'd lose him. I'm hoping the EMF from his enclosure is less than a fishtank would be. All that is plugged in is one 40w incandescant bulb and a heat mat. I'll have to get the meter again to know for sure.

    Love Rock and Roll, great names! Mine is Fidel :p
  6. SCRN2007

    SCRN2007 SCRN2007

  7. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    Endless, how about attaching a wire to a flat piece of smooth metal and just set it in the aquarium? If he likes it, he will lay on it.
    Otherwise, you could attach a grounding wire to a piece of metal screen or hardware cloth in the bottom, and put rock and such on top.
    Either way, you might want to have some wood in there so he can get away from the effect. I think at first the grounding can be a strong sensation, and he might want a break.
  8. endless

    endless New Member

    That might work....I use bark mulch as his substrate and it's pretty dry so I think I'd have to try the metal plate. It will be an interesting experiment to see if his behavior changes at all!
  9. BJK77

    BJK77 Gold

    I just realized my vacuum is reading astronomically high on my trifield meter!! No wonder my hand always feels numb and tingly when I'm vacuuming . . .

    I have a newer Dyson. Has anyone tested any other brands and found them to be low? Any thoughts on how we could protect ourselves while doing this chore? I have two dogs and the shedding requires vacuuming at least every other day. The free electrons I get from them will hopefully make up for the EMF hit ;) , but if I can do something to decrease the effect I'd love to hear it.
  10. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

  11. agatha

    agatha New Member

    Wow! You have the perfect excuse to vacuum less often. I would milk that instead of trying to find ways to make vacuuming safer!
  12. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    Now why dint I think of that!
  13. BJK77

    BJK77 Gold

    Thanks NC! I hadn't seen those before. I wonder if they really work . . . maybe that's a good question for the EMF guy during the Q&A!

    Ha! I wish ;) I'm too much of a clean freak, but maybe I can convince DH I need to hire someone to do it!
  14. shilohman

    shilohman New Member

    You could try wearing a grounding strap while you vacuum, but that would be a real hassle and get in the way of the power cord. Maybe
    someone could invent a wireless grounding strap...Oops, never mind.
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  15. agatha

    agatha New Member

  16. thrive1992

    thrive1992 New Member

    Did anyone follow through with purchasing the lessemf.com protective gloves?
    I am thinking of purchasing them and would like to hear some honest reviews

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