No, not misspelled.
I didn't exactly leave it out in the rain, I just underestimated how long it
takes PVC glue to dry. I turned on the water supply, walked around the
corner, and see my nearby 18V Dewalt cordless drill being splattered with
water from an elbow that just didn't want to stay joined.
I pulled off the battery immediately, shook what water I could out of the
thing and set it in the garage to dry out. Should take about a month with
all the humidity/rain we've got in Louisville these days.
Anything I should do to before reattaching the battery to keep from frying
the drill? I bought it (remanufactured) from HF 5 years ago and it's been
really great. Makes me sick I doused it.
#1 Don't underestimate. Read the can, it will tell you how long you
need to wait for the glue to set up.
#2 Use a blow gun if you have a compressor. Your internals will most
likely rust up if you don't. Not good!
#3 Go to an electronics store and get a spray water displacement
product. WD-40 could work to displace the water but then you have to
let that stuff dry too! And it will eventually.
And option #4 Keep wiping it with a towel shaking as much water out of
it as you can! Then let it air dry for a while. Do you have a SWMBO
with a hair dryer?
When I get electronics wet I do what you've done so far and then leave it in
a warm area like on top of my tv.
A friend of mine had a DEwalt cordless drill AND charger get submerged
during a flood and after drying out they worked flawlessly.
Also a Dewalt rep told me that during the construcition of the set for the
movie "Titanic" they used Dewalts UNDERWATER" to build the set. He said
they had to coat them with something before every dive but that's still
Got impatient and tried it out to straighten some shelving verticals. (Of
course part of me was hoping maybe to come out of this with a new cordless
hammer drill to replace my tRusty Dewalt)
It works just fine. I will do the WD-40 thing just in case some pieces
parts want to get a coat of rust on them.
Thank for the input.
I used to have four family channel radios (1/2 mile variety). I took a
header while trying to get into my boat, soaked my waders, including one of
the four radios. Radio stopped working. Dried it out, worked fine for
about a year, then died permanently. The other three still work fine.
Moral of the story, just because it works now doesn't mean it will in a
year. I would still take the precautions noted.
WD-40 would help, with a good blowing out with compressed air.
If it is any consolation I had a DeWalt drill that got wet several times,
each time it just got shaken out and imediately put right back to work.
Hazards of the job at hand got it summerged in water completely. It ran for
a a few years untill the batteries gave up.
It was pretty amazing. We had "tornadic" storm cells (not my word) passing
E->W both north and south of our neighborhood. Funnel clouds just to the
north and a genuine touchdown well to the south of us (Jeff Mall). Straight
winds (if you've heard of them) up to 60 mph clocked about three miles from
my house (Westport and 265). We stayed inside and watched DVD's until the
worst of it passed, ready to hustle into the basement at the tell-tale sound
of a freight train coming down the street.
I didn't have any damage, but my yard is gonna take weeks to dry out.
Before yesterday, we had 11" of rain in the last month. Yesterday probably
added another 2 or 3 inches.
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