Prepare the Work Area
"A place for everything and everything in its place."
Mrs Beeton, 1861
The final step of preparation is to prepare the work area.
The area used for building the system should be sufficiently large and also clear of 'clutter'.
The surface should be non-conductive and non-static. When building a system it is important to avoid static electricity, which can damage sensitive electronic components such as those used in a computer. To avoid static build-up the person building the system should use a static reducing device such as an antistatic wrist strap. This is normally placed around the wrist and has a lead that attaches to a special plug or is connected to a known earth.