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  1. ToborRedrum commented on The Other Coast 4 months ago

    I always enjoyed watching Snake vs Mongoose at the track.

  2. ToborRedrum commented on The Knight Life 4 months ago

    It’s a badge of honor to be banned by Trump.
    On a related note, I’ve suspected for some time that his supposed hairpiece is actually implants taken from his armpits and ahem other areas.

  3. ToborRedrum commented on The Knight Life 5 months ago

    I’ve never understood why people will pay $400 and more for a phone but are too cheap to buy a $30 protective case.

  4. ToborRedrum commented on Real Life Adventures over 1 year ago

    A & B batteries weren’t a size, but a type of battery, used to supply power to tube radios.
    And the correct designation for AA, AAA, C, D, etc. are cells, not batteries. A battery is a bank of two or more single cells. Thus a 9 Volt is a battery, as internally it is comprised of six individual 1.5 Volt cells. Likewise a typical car battery is comprised of six 2 Volt Cells.
    There are many other letter-named sizes of cell, including F, which is quite common but seldom sold in individual quantities. You’ll generally find them inside 6 Volt lantern batteries and other large portable batteries.

  5. ToborRedrum commented on Working Daze almost 2 years ago

    That sentence no verb.

  6. ToborRedrum commented on Real Life Adventures almost 2 years ago

    I’ve never met a woman who liked Bond movies.
    Although I did meet one who likes the Three Stooges.
    So I married her.

  7. ToborRedrum commented on Drabble almost 2 years ago

    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

  8. ToborRedrum commented on Crumb about 2 years ago

    “If found, drop in any mailbox.”

  9. ToborRedrum commented on Pluggers over 2 years ago

    ‘Insurance Risk’ Discount Candle Store
    “Buy now, while we’re still here!”

  10. ToborRedrum commented on Arlo and Janis over 2 years ago

    When dealing with wet electronics, time is your enemy because water and electricity do not play well together.

    The most important thing you can do is remove all power immediately. Seconds count, so turn the device off and remove the battery. (Sorry iPhone users, you’re out of luck. Complain to Apple about their poorly thought-out design.)

    Second, since the water in your device is most likely not clean and contains contaminants (dirt, salt, minerals, urine, etc.) you need to remove those contaminants from the phone.

    And although it sounds counter-intuitive, the best thing to use to remove them is… WATER!

    But not just any water. Clean tap water will do in a pinch, filtered tap water is better (fewer minerals), bottled water is better still (not mineral water, it contains minerals, duh), and the best is distilled, de-ionized water, which is what the electronics manufacturers use to clean the boards after soldering.

    You don’t need a lot, you just have to be thourough. DONT DUNK! Just splash some into the device in one direction, swish it around and shake it out. Repeat in a different direction. A few seconds per rinse is all you need, longer will not necessarily help and may actually do harm. You should do this within a couple of hours, before the water inside the device dries and the contaminants become dry and hard to remove.

    Now do your best to dry off the outside and shake out as much water as you can from the inside. Use a soft cloth, clean napkin or paper towel to dry as much as you can.

    At this point you have two choices: oven-drying or rice.

    To oven-dry your device, place a soft, dry cloth on a baking sheet or rack in your oven and place the device on the cloth with the open battery compartment facing up. DO NOT place the battery in the oven. Set the oven for between 170 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. (75 – 95 Celsius) and leave the phone in for 4 – 6 hours. Turn off the oven and allow it to cool for at least an hour before removing the device and inserting the battery.

    To use the rice method, place 2 cups of uncooked, dry rice and the device (with the battery removed and the battery compartment open) in a sealable (zipper) bag, squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag. Leave it in the bag overnight, 24 hours if possible. Hulled, ‘60-second’ rice works best, drying electronics and tossing at weddings is actually the only thing it’s any good for. DO NOT use any kind of seasoned rice, they all contain salt which will leave a salty residue, which will draw humidity and corrode the device’s electronics.

    Remove the device from the rice, shake out any rice fragments and use air (your breath is fine) to remove any residual rice dust. Insert the battery and you should be good to go.

    I have heard that some people have had success with putting the rinsed phone on the dashboard of their car all afternoon in the summer or next to a heating vent overnight in the winter.

    I repair electronics professionally and I’ve successfully used this technique for years to recover phones, music players, two-way radios, pagers and hearing aids, among others. It works about 90% of the time provided the battery is removed promptly. Although I have used rice many times successfully, at my job we pack the wet device in moisture-absorbing silica crystals and then put it in a drying oven for 4 hours.

    But every so often, someone brings in a wet device that’s been sitting for several days with the battery still attached. They usually make the excuse that they ‘forgot’ about it or that they just set it aside for a few days to see if it would ‘fix itself.’ That’s when I hand it back to them and say, “I’m sorry, I can’t fix it.”