Reloading in carpeted room.


January 30, 2010, 04:03 PM
I am new to reloading and have two choices for bench placement. In my upstairs office with wall to wall carpet or in my garage (concrete floor). I need advice on how to get rid of the static in the carpeted room. I live in Georgia and the humidity in the garage will do a number on my press and supplies. Not to mention I can lock the office upstairs to keep the kids out. What do you guys do to reduce static?

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January 30, 2010, 04:05 PM
Rip the Carpet and and do wood floors.

just kidding.


January 30, 2010, 04:09 PM
I was hoping for a less costly solution.

January 30, 2010, 04:12 PM
Static Guard, and a humidifier to keep humidity around 40+%.

Too low humidity promotes static, and discomfort.

I'd get some carpet runner and throw down to keep primer anvils and metal shavings at bay as much as possible.


January 30, 2010, 04:30 PM
Don't forget a shop-vac for the spilled powder and spent primers that you will be dropping on the carpet. :)

January 30, 2010, 05:45 PM
A regular vacuum with brush rollers will set off a primer and it will be very loud in an enclosed space like my reloading room, not that I am admitting anything. ;)

Eyes and Ears when you vacuum if you have a primer go missing.

January 30, 2010, 05:54 PM
Static Electricity can ignite powder????
Sorry to burst the bubble of this Urban Myth.

January 30, 2010, 06:07 PM
My reloading room is carpeted. 99% of the time static is not a problem.

Like rc posted, static guard products work. You can also ground your measure.

January 30, 2010, 07:07 PM
I have my main bench in the garage, but I also built a 2'x3' reloading bench on casters out of 2x4s and scrap plywood as top.

I bought 2 cheap plastic drip trays on clearance (I think they were made for catching mud/water off boots) and two trays fit just perfect on top of my portable bench. I have both single stage and progressive presses mounted on the bench with the drip trays cut around them.

I can reload anywhere now - living room watch TV in the winter, patio in the summer, even carpeted bedroom/office since the trays catch everything (powder spill, primers, etc.) and nylon wheels don't mar the hardwood floor. And when I am done, I can lock up the bench in the closet.

If static is a concern (not for spark ignition but powder sticking to plastic funnel etc, right?), how about using metal cookie sheets as your trays? Should be fairly cheap at garage/yard sales (I've seen them for $1 or less). If that's not enough, as Walkalong mentioned, you can consider grounding your press/tray and even wearing a static band (computer network guys wear them) clipped to the tray/press.

January 30, 2010, 08:46 PM
Been reloading over carpet since I started, no issues yet, except chasing down a primer occasionally. :)

January 31, 2010, 07:13 AM
If the humidity stays high you likely wont have a static problem.

January 31, 2010, 08:24 AM
Sorry to burst the bubble of this Urban Myth.

That was interesting. Also I use a rubber backed mat for my chair to sit on while I load. This catches most of the spills. I haven't had much of a static problem with my hopper. I did in the beginning but now for some reason it stopped.

Something like that, found at any home depot or lowes.

Peter M. Eick
January 31, 2010, 08:35 AM
I do my loading on a nice big 12" by 12" tile floor. The problem is the grout catches things. Next house it will be a big slab of concrete floor with no texturing. I have reloaded on carpet, and while it is fine for the feet, it is hard to find springs and crud like that in carpet. I already made the decision for the next house. Concrete, carefully finished and probably painted.

January 31, 2010, 09:06 AM
Use a good epoxy paint on that concrete. If the concrete is well prepped, it will last a long, long time. Use good ventilation.

Art Eatman
January 31, 2010, 09:24 AM
I've reloaded inside the carpeted house from time to time. I may do my resizing out in the gun room, but then re-prime and load inside. Portable stand for the press. Sometimes the loading is via weighing on the scale; sometimes via powder measure.

Desert. Very low humidity. But never a problem.

Thinking about my methods, I put unused primers back in storage before going on to the next step of recharging. I generally have no more than maybe a teacup's worth of powder open and exposed when weighing charges.

I dunno. Maybe not being in a hurry helps. And I'm in my 60th year of reloading...

January 31, 2010, 10:38 AM
I've been using a shop-vac in my reloading room for the past 35 years with out any type of accident. I vacuum both spent and unspent primers, plus spilled powder from a concrete floor and a small throw rug. Also vac my work bench and presses when finished loading. It is a dedicated tool and not used for anything else. I suppose somebody up there likes me. :)

January 31, 2010, 03:40 PM
The Speer 14 manual talks about this a little and mostly warns that primers are the biggest concern. They recommend wiping everything down periodically with either a dryer sheet or antistatic spray such as this I'm guessing

I reload over carpet and wipe stuff down in dryer sheets from time to time. Could be doing something or could not but definitely a cheap solution.

January 31, 2010, 04:05 PM
Just put a large mat under the press and pick up the primers by hand or use a shop vac. I cant say I have ever heard of powder going off due to static electricity. That at powder burns, it doesnt explode. I have reloaded in carpeted rooms with no isses. I have had primers go off in the vacumn due to the britsles. Jut use a shop vac.

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