cure equiepement that was in the rain... best practices???

From: Tothwolf <>
Date: Tue Apr 16 02:11:15 2002

On Mon, 15 Apr 2002, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> On 2002.04.15 09:21 Enrico Badella wrote:
> > should I stuff them in the oven at low temperature and force
> > a drying or best let them settle for some time.
> Disassemble everything, clean it in the shower if there is dirt on it,
> maybe rinse it with IsoPropAlc, put it in a warm room for some days.
> Disassembleing is good, as there may be small gaps filled with water
> that needs loooong to dry and reseating connectors that may be a bit
> coroded get better contact.

Never, ever, under any circumstances let bare metal air dry. It *will*
corrode. This includes any chassis parts, screws, connectors, etc. It is
still best to dry painted metals too, since moisture always finds tiny
holes and cracks and gets under the paint. A few towels and careful use of
a hair dryer will save you much grief later.

The worst mistake folks down here in Houston made after the floods we had
was to let gear dry out slowly on its own before cleaning it. It isn't
much fun spending hours polishing out corroded computer chassis, and dried
boards are much more difficult to clean.

Received on Tue Apr 16 2002 - 02:11:15 BST

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