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    Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    Back in the day, everything used these conductive pseudo-straps. The had springy rake-like teeth with kind of a "lazy 'C'" shape. They were used between metal components that would contribute electrical noise if they weren't properly electrically coupled. They were everywhere, but seem to be a vanishing breed now.

    So - what the heck do you call those. I suddenly find myself desperately needing 'em for something for which they were never designed.
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    Re: Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    Uh, I've always called them grounds straps. I have a pack of Alligator clips here from Harbor freight that has a couple of them in it if I'm thinking of the clips you're thinking of.

    Is this it?


    If so I think they are in this pack, unfortunately I threw away the cardboard so I can't verify the #:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37957
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    Re: Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    Sorry - I didn't describe it well. It looks more like this:
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    only one row instead of two so that it presses against the metal it's joined to.

    [I found that by searching on: electrical clip springy grounding thing]
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    Ah yeah I know what you're talking about now. We've used them in equipment racks before. I have no idea what they are called.
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    Re: Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    Exactly a good place to find 'em. And exactly what they're called would be good for me to find 'em outside of an equipment rack or a mainframe/mini I don't wanna gut.
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    Think maybe that is it, and only found Mouser and Mouser2 to have some. Interesting hardware bit that might come up needed.

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    Re: Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    BINGO!

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    Re: Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    I've found more sources now calling them EMI Spring Fingers, and EMI Finger Strips, and similar. Just a couple words opens the flood-gates.

    [edit] "finger gasket" is a good search term.

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    Re: Grounding Strap - whatcha call it?

    Hmmm ... ashame you don't know anyone in the communications industry that would have lots and lots of those just laying around. If you did know some one I would say PM him and see what he can do
    BTW I have heard them called "grounding clips" by the super-highly trained communication industry insiders.
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