Novice engineer here (primarily IT guy - I consider myself a jack of all trades, but go easy on me - I don't profess to be at the level of most of you.) I recently adopted a rescue dog, who is a real sweetheart. My only regret is/was not realizing how much hair she sheds. I've never owned a dog that shed a ton, so this is new for me. It gets EVERYWHERE. Vacuums, sticky rolls, the works - barely dents the amount. I can blow off or wipe off my desk and keyboard and within 30 seconds have more hair there.
I'd like to take a stab at building (since I can't seem to find anything close commercially available) an "electric dog hair wand" of some kind. I saw this post - Need electrostatic material to attract pet hair which is what got me started in this forum. I'd like to try building something in a portable "magnet" wand like device first; and then go from there once I got a grasp of how well it works / shortcomings etc possibly building other "traps" such as mats, etc to help keep the hair contained.
The last post from William Hird in the article I quoted has basically what I am looking/trying to do.
high voltage charging circuit like the ones designed to charge up electrostatic loudspeaker diaphragms, just a low power high voltage power supply that feeds the conductive layer through a high value resistor, somewhere in the range of 5 megohms or so. This is the way to safely generate a strong electric field without the chance of getting a bad shock.
It sounds like the main difference is that I would be hooking it up to a metal wand/rod as the "conductive layer" and then adding a light coating of non-conductive (insulating) paint or epoxy to prevent shocking myself.
Assuming I'm halfway in the right direction here, I was hoping someone could elaborate a bit more on the "high voltage charging circuit like the ones designed to charge up electrostatic loudspeaker diaphragms". I am vaguely familiar with what a loudspeaker diaphragm is (although I did not know it needed a high voltage charging circuit), but I don't know if the same would be recommended for a smaller and portable unit, nor how exactly I would hook it up to a metal wand / rod.
Sorry for the long post and detail, but I figure its better to be thorough all at once. All advice and feedback is much appreciated!