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Date:      Mon, 30 Dec 2002 00:02:18 -0800
From:      Doug Hardie <bc979@lafn.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Water Damage
Message-ID:  <04740E73-1BCD-11D7-B574-000393681B06@lafn.org>
In-Reply-To: <916F009B-0A35-11D7-9E57-000393681B06@lafn.org>

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My church had a fire in the computer room today.  The equipment was not 
directly damaged by the fire as the sprinkler system put it out very 
quickly.  However, the sprinklers ran directly on the equipment for a 
couple hours.  There are several servers, routers, hubs etc.  Most of 
them had water pouring out when we picked them up.  All but one spare 
router were on during this.

I have carefully dried out all the units.  However, one of the hubs 
appears to be toast.  Some of the burning residue fell down and was 
pulled into the hub by the fan and is imbedded into some of its chips.  
I didn't bother with cleaning that one up.  However, there is no 
visible damage to the remaining gear.  I am letting it sit tonight and 
will try a power cycle on it tomorrow.  Presuming that any of it is 
still working, the question is can it be trusted for unattended 
operations anymore?  While the cost of most of it is not significant, 
the configuration time is.  It would be much easier to use it rather 
than set up new gear.


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