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Non-conductive wedding bands


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December 16, 2009

A. Caterpillar Yellow Silicone O-Ring Kit: search google or ebay, find one that fits, order 10 pack.

He could wrap his metal ring with several layers of electrical tape on the job, but why fool around with life and limb?

I tried wearing mine on a gold chain around my neck, but I didn't feel comfortable wearing a necklace. The chain and ring have been in the safety deposit box for twenty years, still married, still breathing.

Peter Howard
- Portland, Maine


December 16, 2009

thumbs up sign Hmm, I don't know about that, Peter ... a 10-pack of those yellow rubber things might broadcast the idea that a guy was interested in quite the opposite of fidelity :-)

Regards,
Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey




13189-3
April 14, 2011

A. SafeRingz are a silicone wedding band. They have a sparkly looking metallic pigment so they look like gold, platinum, copper etc. but they are non-conductive & totally safe. They are comfortable, flexible, durable. These would be good for electricians, mechanics, athletes, & anyone who works w/ their hands!

Sheena Broek
- Stanfield, Arizona, United States


April 21, 2011

Q. I am so happy to find this site. My future husband is an electrician and I am researching rings for him. His health and safety is my #1 priority. But I am curious what the overall opinion is on the SafeRingz? I just visited their website and I am curious as to what Ted Mooney's opinion is on this. Thanks for the help!

Stacey Glaze
- Houston, Texas, USA


April 21, 2011

A. Hi, Stacey. I'm just the guy who runs the website, not a ring expert, but I thank you for the vote of confidence. I believe in safety but not obsession, so my personal opinion is that those SafeRingz sound good. Good luck.

Update Oct. 2014: Again it's just my opinion and I'm sure no expert, but I've come 'round to believing that tattoo rings are the right answer for workers. And if it's hard to remove tattoos, good :-)

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey




September 2, 2012

A. After reading through this thread, I came across these silicone weddings bands. Definitely a cheaper alternative, but will get the job done: saferingz

Ashlee Mcnulty
- Los Angeles, California, USA


February 19, 2013

A. I found this site by accident, maybe it could be helpful for you.
saferingz.com/

Jessica Tuttle
- Hopkins


January 26, 2014

A. What you need is silicone with a metallic appearance. They are very flexible heat and electricity resistant.

Nathan Wolfram
- Grand Blanc, Michigan


June 25, 2014

This company sells smaller silicone rings:
fitnessgarage.storenvy.com/

Robert Smith
- Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Ed. note: You have to search for "silicone ring" on that page.


October 8, 2014

A. Rubber wedding bands are the ONLY, nearly 100 %, non-conductive solution for this question besides tattooing. Though still you need to address the safety side. DEGLOVING is a VERY serious issue. Google rubber wedding bands if still looking.

Anthony Dykes
- Brazil, Indiana USA


January 29, 2015

A. Try looking at Qalo ring they are made of silicone and some of the proceeds go to lupus research. As an IBEW electrician it's all I recommend to people in that trade!

Jordan asbill
- Broken arrow, Oklahoma


November 9, 2014

A. As an electrician I can tell you ceramic rings are non conductive as long as it has no metal inlays. Electric insulators on top of power poles and such are also ceramic so it would be a good choice. Wooden rings are a bad idea because if it gets wet it will conduct electricity. Silicone is a good option too because if it gets caught in something the ring will give before your finger does.

Richard Brewster
Electrician - Cushing, Oklahoma, United States


January 26, 2015

A. I just came across this page looking for some properties of metals. I wanted to interject something. Wearing rings or any jewelry while working in hazardous environments should always be considered forbidden.

Take off your rings, necklaces, loose clothing, or anything else that could be a hazard. Wear the required safety gear. It's ok to be too careful. Virtually every manual says that on the front page. The first day of training should always have a safety lesson where they say the same. There are good reasons for that.

We've all made mistakes. "Oh, this is a quick..." and ignoring safety rules can end you up injured or dead.

Cleaning agents, such as carb cleaner and brake cleaner can reacted with the metal ring and gave me a minor chemical burn. Even the wood, silicon, or carbon fiber rings leave a space where the chemicals can be trapped and give you chemical burns. If the chemical causes swelling, the ring can block circulation to the finger. I gave examples of some relatively harmless chemicals. Know what you're working with. If you aren't sure, look it up online, and/or ask.

I've seen what happens if a ring completes a circuit. I knew of someone who lost a finger in high school because he was jumps starting a friend's car, and the ring finished the circuit. Yes, a kid, who has to live his life missing a finger.

Even if there's a chance it might be conductive, it's a bad idea. Even the idea of wood is bad. While wood itself isn't conductive, it will absorb water. That could be sweat, or just moist from the last time you washed your hands. Even if it is lacquered, that will wear over time.

As someone else said, there is the risk it will get caught on something. It doesn't matter what. That "something" could mean losing the finger or worse.

Would you rather your significant other show their love by wearing a ring in a dangerous environment, or would you like them to come home alive and in once piece after work? Are you worried that they're going to cheat on you because they don't have their ring on at work? Then you have more serious problems than just a ring.

Please, don't look for ways to cheat the safety rules. I don't want to have a friend or coworker injured or dead because they thought they found a loophole in the rules.

The rules aren't written to be arbitrarily annoying. All those "stupid" warnings that come with every product were written because someone in the past hurt themselves that way.

Justan Ouser
- Tampa, Florida, US


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Ring Snuggies

June 23, 2015

A. I know this thread is a little old but I just ordered wedding bands. I work in the IT industry and am about to change career paths to a more industrial type job. I purposely ordered mine a half size larger than I needed and bought a pack of ring snuggers so I could remove the ring while working with electricity and heavy machinery. Rubber and silicon rings just don't seem like they would be durable or comfortable to wear.

Allen Waddell
- Ohio USA


February 5, 2016

A. I am a electrician apprentice and I've seen guys lose fingers because they got hit by 10 volts or even lower (volts doesn't kill you amps does). But anyways in the construction trade most people take their wedding bands off because you can get de-fingered if they get caught on something (ps don't look it up its disgusting). I myself take mine off every day once I get to work than put it right back on at the end of the day.
P.S. I'm sorry my grammar isn't the best, I'm just a guy giving a heads up that there isn't any reason you should buy special rings that won't conduct current.

Bria Pauley
- Florissant, Missouri, USA


January 27, 2017

Q. Hey can I get in on this? I have been with my soon to be hubby for nearly 7 years now, most of which we have been engaged (yes like that movie the 5 year engagement LOL!) He has been in the IBEW and working hard as a foreman/journeyman electrician for 40 some odd years now and he and I looked vigorously for a solution to this! I got him a ring from saferingz.com when we first got engaged and it has been great in every way for him. He is constantly working with his hands, even when he's not at work I like to keep the honey-do list full ;) and honestly I'm amazed at the durability of these things! Our wedding date will be soon and I'll probably want to get him a wood ring for the big day and for date nights, etc. Before I purchase one though I was wondering, has anyone researched deer antler rings? Glass rings?

Jamie Culp
- watauga, Texas, usa


April 21, 2017

A. I am a new electrician and this was a question for me as well. I believe the safest and surest way to go is no ring or jewelry while on the job; however, I did find the safest rings I could probably wear on the job. There are rings from saferingz.com and qalo.com. They are made of a silicon material. Qalo's rings are a bit colorful, while saferings attempts to make them look like real gold rings.

Alex Silva
- Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.


June 13, 2017

A. Keep in mind that low voltage systems are usually DC powered. Just because it's low voltage doesn't mean it's safer. DC circuits don't pulse. It's a straight punch.

Aaron Benthall
Fire alarm technician - Richmond, Virginia, USA



March 10, 2018

! After 16 years of hearing why he cannot wear a wedding band we have arrived at an argument that is yet to be settled...
I gave him his original wedding band back to him this year as a Valentine's gift and asked that he wear it when we are out and about together. He wore it four hours, took it off and proceeded to leave it on the dresser for weeks. My frustration is that he won't wear it when we go places ... he immediately jumps to saying that wearing a ring has no significance regarding infidelity, and most importantly, how can I ask him to put himself in danger since he is an electrician? I am not an idiot, I am not asking him to wear it while at work or while he is in a hot panel; I am asking him to wear it when we go out to dinner or when we attend Church together.

April M [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- New Mexico USA


March 2018

thumbs up sign Hi April.

Sorry for this point of friction you are experiencing, but myself and most readers are utterly unqualified to offer Advice to the Lovelorn.

My ring was a little large, so I was always worried about losing it throwing a snowball, reaching into water, or whatever. A couple of years into our marriage I got involved in electrical work and got into the habit of not wearing it; it's been in my jewelry box for decades. My wife never minded, and we've been happy for 48 years; but everyone see things differently. I'm not going to start wearing it now, because the idea of adopting some 'emblem of fidelity' now that I've become an old man seems ridiculous ... but if she passes away first I'll probably start wearing it in memory.

Luck & Regards,

pic of Ted Mooney
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live Aloha


October 16, 2018

A. As a married guy that is an Electrician, I don't wear my wedding ring at work. I do however wear it everywhere else though. I watched a friend at work get his finger skinned when he got his ring stuck, it was horrible. Drove my wife crazy because she thought I was cheating on her at work, that is until I showed her some real arc flash videos on what happens when wedding rings get shorted in a panel. After that she was cool with it.

Phillip D [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Whirlpool Corp. - Toledo, Ohio, USA


December 16, 2018

A. My mom lost her finger taking my little sister down a slide. So, now that my electrician husband is being forced to not wear his ring at his new job, I started researching alternatives. Found silicone rings. Check out this company called saferingz that makes silicone rings

Karlyn McNeely
- Loganville, Wisconsin USA



Want Non-Conductive Metal Watch Case

October 30, 2019

Q. Hi
I wish to know if there exists a process by which a stainless steel watch case could be rendered electrically Non-Conductive? If not would this be possible with a different metal?
I'm an electrician and simply curious. I have next to zero knowledge of chemical/finishing processes so if anyone is kind enough to provide an answer, please dumb said answer all the way down :-)

thanks
Graeme

Graeme Creegan
- Adamstown, NSW, Australia


November 2019

A. Hi Graeme. If you ask yourself "what is a metal?", one of the very important factors in deciding whether something is metal or not is that metals conduct electricity.

So, although you can coat the watch with a variety of semi-permanent partially effective non-conductors like paint, powder coatings, anodizing, or tape, you'd might really be better off with a plastic case watch. Best of luck.

Regards,

pic of Ted Mooney
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live Aloha

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