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laptop water spillage
July 17, 2014
9:36 am

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Hi everyone,

I’m always surprised that water doesn’t damage electronics if you don’t  switch it onto 250v.

A couple of months ago,  I bought a laser printer only a year old, in a flea market.

It had been raining on it practically all morning so it was full of water and I managed to get a a nice price of 5€.

Took it home and and shook most of the water out, blew it with compressed air and let it dry for a couple of days. When I switched it on worked just like new.

Not bad for 5€.

The moral of the story for me was not to despair when things get wet and soggy on a rainy day. Just let them dry and things will go back to working as normal (for electronics at least).


July 17, 2014
7:59 am
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Hi Terry

Ill second dropbox. We use it for all our backups of important files and also have it linked in the workshop so if I do a design in the office it can be picked up in the workshop and readjusted and synced back..

July 17, 2014
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If you do spill water on something electrical like that stick it in a bag or box of rice. Rice sucks the water out slowly and doesnt damage the parts.takes a few days but seems to work.i know it does for phones! :(

July 16, 2014
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Backup is always the last thing people think about. Thanks for the reminder.

We use Dropbox and Google Docs regularly, and Amazon S3. Google Drive is very cheap too, and website hosting companies are starting to offer cloud storage too like Hostgator’s JustCloud. Syncing your computer with the cloud makes maintenance much easier.

The services are out there…it’s still a problem prioritising setting it all up. One of those important but not urgent things that never gets done!

July 16, 2014
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I thought i would share this in case it helps anyone in the future. Some days ago my son spilt a glass of water on my laptop. The laptop had been left in the kitchen (open) overnight and on this saturday morning my son as usual got out of bed alot sooner than I did! and was having his breakfast at the kitchen breakfast bar.

To cut a long story short……when I got up to find what had happened I instantly tried to turn on the laptop. Bad move as this is the very thing (I subsequently found out) that you should not do. After a phone call to the insurance company and a visit to the apple store to verify the demise of the laptop and some angsting about not being able to use polyboard, the loss of cabs projects and all the polyboard settings etc (among many other personal things such as family photos etc) I put the laptop in the airing cupboard and forgot about whilst awaiting the insurance claim to go through.

Im still waiting on an answer from the insurance company but yesterday I decided to give the laptop a go and it worked. There are some issues with the keypad…..but i think its fixable.

To get to the point my advice is to back up all your files………how many times have we all said yes ill get that sorted soon buy a separate hard drive etc. It looks like I’ve been lucky…….but i will never put myself throughout hat again. Ive bought a separate drive now for backups and downloaded dropbox and I’ve set up polyboard to point to the dropbox folder. Now I know everything even in a disaster is recoverable.

All the best


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