You don't need an electrician if it's just static electricity!
There's a simple solution: Eliminate exposure to the metallic ground.
With new non-conducting fasteners and a few minutes of DIY time
(Enough parts to correct 12-switches.)
Natural Color Screws (off white)
(Less than $1 per switch)
Shipping and Handling Included
Our fasteners are direct replacements for the originals. The heads are the original oval shape and size (not the flat head style which would look strange in this application). The only difference you will notice is the comfort of no-shock light switching.
Screw lengths available are: 5/16", 1/2" , 3/4" and 1 1/8" (length is overall).
(Traditional toggle switches usually require 1/2", rocker switches 5/16" ).
First kit is $10, additional kits are $7
Each Kit Contains 25-Screws
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Have you wondered what causes shocks from Static Electricity?
This can be a complicated scientific subject, but if you're interested in a simplified version, here it is.
All matter is made up of atoms. Each atom consists of a nucleus, within which are two tiny particles: protons and neutrons. Even tinier particles called electrons rotate around the nucleus. When referring to these elements as large and small it's in relative terms; everything is minute, almost beyond human comprehension. These particles are only visible with sophisticated room-sized electronic apparatus. It's a wonder the scientists ever found them.
It's difficult for a non-scientist to visualize a solid object as being composed of minute moving particles, but those who know say it's true and we just have to take their word for it.
There are many different types of atoms, each having a different make-up of the elements, protons, neutrons and electrons. This creates the various types of matter. The formula for iron is different from that for cloth and etcetera.
The atom's elements have electrical properties; protons have a positive charge, electrons have an equal negative charge, neutrons have no charge. In a 'normal' state, the electrical charges balance and the atom itself is neutral. Now, the interesting part: the electrons are fickle; they are on the move and sometimes choose to join a different atom. When this happens it leaves the original atom unbalanced electrically, it becomes positive. The adjacent atom that was so attractive that the electron became infatuated now becomes negative, since it has acquired the negative influence of the additional electron.
Materials, such as fabrics and rubber, which are considered to be insulators, hold their electrons tightly. Conducting materials, such as metals, have a loose hold on their electrons and are prone to losing them.
If you're familiar with magnets you know that they have two poles, negative and positive. You also know that two like poles will repel one another. Conversely opposite poles attract. Atoms react the same way. An electrically charged atom will be attracted to an atom of the opposite polarity or to a neutral atom.
If two different insulating materials are rubbed together they will transfer electrons from one to another, thus building-up unbalanced atoms. As you walk across a carpeted floor, the insulating properties of your shoe soles and the carpeting cause electrons to transfer. By the time you reach a light switch, you're a walking package of unbalanced electrons anxious to be balanced by an oppositely charged object or in most cases a neutral object such as the exposed metal screws of a cover-plate or a doorknob. The subsequent rapid exchange of electrons creates the shocking sensation you dread.
You've surely noticed that shocks are more severe in winter than in summer. This is due to the fact that winter air is drier than summer air. The water in summer air tends to draw away the excess electrons from your body as they are transferring, reducing your accumulated electric charge and shock potential.
The only practical solution to preventing movement-caused electrical build-up is to wear shoes with highly conductive soles, which will eliminate the transfer of electrons. This isni't a solution for most persons. So we are left with doing what we can to eliminate the cause of the most frequent shocks.
Plastic screws will eliminate shocking under almost all circumstances. In rare instances, if all conditions are adverse, it is possible that a minor shock may occur. But this is insignificant compared with the usual continuing jolts.