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Date:      Mon, 30 Dec 2002 09:16:14 +0100 (CET)
From:      Dirk-Willem van Gulik <dirkx@webweaving.org>
To:        Doug Hardie <bc979@lafn.org>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Water Damage
Message-ID:  <20021230091018.B56421-100000@foem.leiden.webweaving.org>
In-Reply-To: <04740E73-1BCD-11D7-B574-000393681B06@lafn.org>

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> I have carefully dried out all the units.

You may want to use some distilled water, or very clean water, if there is
any visible residue/chalk/salt on the boards.

What I normally do with WiFi equipment which got wet/soaked is to rinse
them well with very clean water and then dry them in an oven with the door
open or with a hair dryer. This works well. Note that water may collect in
places like coils and under IC's and inside drives. If it was salt water
then *immediately* rinse them with fresh water or demineralized water to
stop corrosion (and keep them wet until you can do so). Though with salt
water if the machine was on you are often too late. My experience is that
also normal tap water has enough conductivty to ruin a machine when it is
switched on before it is 100% dry everywhere. The high voltage power
supply is in my experience the first thing to give.

Dw


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