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Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?

 
Sparky
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Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
If so, any ideas why?
(something more than just static electricity please)


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05/11/2007 06:08 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
earth changes
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Yes sir, I've noticed this too. It's unusually dry here in the Southeast for this time of the year. Must be global warming. hiding
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05/11/2007 06:11 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
yes, me! i hated it and couldn't find out why. but check your socks. did you buy new socks? socks now-a-days are made with spandex and nylon with cotton being less than 50% of the sock. the rubbing will cause static. i found that if i wore plain cotton socks, it went away.
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05/11/2007 06:11 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
yes - very much - i've never had shocks in humid weather before this year - it's odd
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05/11/2007 06:12 PM
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dont drag your feet while wearing a wool jumpsuit with a windbreaker or you may combust.
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05/11/2007 06:17 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
Yes ever since I bought my car in 2004. This car gives wicked shocks. I was told it was because of the cloth seats. I bought a static bar which helps but does not
completely eliminate the shocks.
Sparky (OP)
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05/11/2007 06:18 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
yes, me! i hated it and couldn't find out why. but check your socks. did you buy new socks? socks now-a-days are made with spandex and nylon with cotton being less than 50% of the sock. the rubbing will cause static. i found that if i wore plain cotton socks, it went away.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 235005


could be, but mostly i wear cotton socks i think.
Sparky (OP)
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
Yes sir, I've noticed this too. It's unusually dry here in the Southeast for this time of the year. Must be global warming. hiding
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Yes its very comfortable to blame everything on global warming these days =)

hiding
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05/11/2007 06:27 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
I was getting a electric shock when I touched the body of our car over the last few days.Today I was feeling uncomfortable,it was wet and windy.Suddenly there was a flash of lightening and a huge bang of thunder.All the charge has gone now and the weather has cleared.
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05/11/2007 06:42 PM
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yup, we had more lightning storms at my house today in florida, but just a few tiny sprinkles of rain, big bolts from the sky. lflash i could feel the electricity in my entire body.
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
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Date 2007/05/08
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we're hardly ever grounded

when we go out we wear rubber soul shoes, indoor we're not grounded either
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
I've been experiencing this for the last couple of months here in Indiana.
John the Baptist (nli!)
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
This has been happening to me in Seattle for maybe 5 or 6 weeks?

Constantly getting static electric shocks...even been getting two jolts one right after the other, and I've never had that happen before.

Any serious ideas/theories? Any scientific types want to explain this? But in that explanation, you must also explain why, in 45 years of life, I've never had two shocks in a row before, but now they're fairly common.
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05/11/2007 07:12 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
Keep a hold of the metal on your car door as you step out and make contact with the ground, the charge will be discharged to earth.
Sparky (OP)
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05/11/2007 07:34 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
I actually have a little theory for this phenomena but it is a little far fetched.

I have often read about "releasing resistance" (e.g. as in emotional issues) in various spiritual writings and started to wonder if this actually has implications for electrical resistance also (it's a long shot, i know). Since if the electrical resistance of the human body was lowered it would more easily allow for discharges through it.

It would be nice to have a study of the body resistances of spiritual masters. lol
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
YES!!
Every time I get out of the car, no matter what I wear and also in all weather -- warm or cool, in humid, damp, and rainy conditions as well as dry.

Been pretty intense off and on for 2 years now. Had stopped for a while but began again about 10 days ago.

I live in south NJ
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
If so, any ideas why?
(something more than just static electricity please)

 Quoting: Sparky 225123

What other explanation do you have in mind other than static electricity? I notice sparks when it's dry and cold and less or none at any other time; that sounds like static electricity to me.
Where's the EVIDENCE, Jim?
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chuckle

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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
If so, any ideas why?
(something more than just static electricity please)


What other explanation do you have in mind other than static electricity? I notice sparks when it's dry and cold and less or none at any other time; that sounds like static electricity to me.
 Quoting: Duncan Kunz


But, but...but, he was moving at the time!!!


:legless:
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
This has been happening to me in Seattle for maybe 5 or 6 weeks?

Constantly getting static electric shocks...even been getting two jolts one right after the other, and I've never had that happen before.

Any serious ideas/theories? Any scientific types want to explain this? But in that explanation, you must also explain why, in 45 years of life, I've never had two shocks in a row before, but now they're fairly common.
 Quoting: John the Baptist (nli!) 151085


I think no one but you could come up with a good explanation, inasmuch as you're in the position to measure the temperature and relative humidity, the makeup of your clothes and the car seat covering, the speed at which you slide off the seat, how well the door-handle is grounded, etc.

All of those are variables which you'd have to take into account to determine if it's static electricity.

If you determine through a bunch of measurements that the electric shocks are correlated to the temperature and humidity, you'd probably need to measure the power (I'd assume high voltage and low current) to see if it follows the regime of static electricity.

If it doesn't, then you'd want to look elsewhere for your explanation.

Sounds pretty complicated, I know; but without actual measurements -- and a lot of them, and accurate measurements, too -- you'll never have anything to present but opinions.
Where's the EVIDENCE, Jim?
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05/11/2007 07:52 PM
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
Yeah I have been over the past several months...a lot of days it is powerful enough to feel like getting cut with a knife.
Duncan Kunz

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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
yes, me! i hated it and couldn't find out why. but check your socks. did you buy new socks? socks now-a-days are made with spandex and nylon with cotton being less than 50% of the sock. the rubbing will cause static. i found that if i wore plain cotton socks, it went away.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 235005


Excellent point!
Where's the EVIDENCE, Jim?
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
You have steel-belted tires. Use your elbow to absorb the shock instead of your hand. Also, check to see if your steel belts are starting to show thru your tires. You may need a new set.
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
Keep a hold of the metal on your car door as you step out and make contact with the ground, the charge will be discharged to earth.
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Do this before you fill the tank. EVERYTIME.
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
I also affect electric things, street lights, shop computors besides the static electricity between me and objects..... somedays I walk round causing my own indoor storms.
so this is it!!!!!!
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I also affect electric things, street lights, shop computors besides the static electricity between me and objects..... somedays I walk round causing my own indoor storms.
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Not that cautious . Feed back cautious.
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it must be charles lindburgs fault!
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
I have noticed that it was worse in the old cold wet country, that here in the new hot dry country..

i can remember when working as a nurse getting static electricity while making beds, by the time I had finished it was so bad I jumped each time

Also, earlier, my step-daughter was very angry cus her phone would not work, the computor and the TV went on a epi.....
so this is it!!!!!!
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Re: Is anyone else getting an unusual amount of electrical sparks when opening car doors?
If so, any ideas why?
(something more than just static electricity please)


lflash
 Quoting: Sparky 225123

It has been getting more intense and you will see that last year there were several threads posted on this. What many do not know is the fact that as this magnetic field of ours continues to decline and subsequently flip polarity, it is theorized that the sparks you are feeling today will severely burn or kill you. Even to the extent that these sparks may be able to jump further and will be packing some serious amperes when it strikes. Blown off arms, charcoaled tissue fibers etc are not without reason either...





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