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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Paul in Colorado, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I got rainned out at a gig today. In spite of the pop-up with sides, things got pretty wet. When I got home there were still dropletts on my pedals. I towel dried them carefully and put them under a lamp to warm them up a bit. I guess I could have used a hair dryer, but didn't think of it until now. They seem to be fine, I'm going let them sit outside of the soft case I have until it's totally dry. The guitars got a bit wet as well. I'l do a plug in test tomorrow.

    Other then prevention, what are some tips for drying pedals? Any horror stories or horror stories with happy endings?
     
  2. Jazzy Jay

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    Same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. I took the bottom plates off and put them on a drying rack on top of a radiator for a day. Didn't fire 'em up until I was certain they were completely dry. All worked fine.
     
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    If anything doesnt work right, open it up and put it in a bowl of dry rice which should suck out the moisture
     
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    This. Submerge the pedals in a bucket of rice for 24-48 hours.
     
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    I would suggest placing the pedals in a sock to prevent any rice getting into any ports.
     
  6. teleplayr

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    I had the same problem years ago when my practice room floor flooded after an unusually heavy rain.

    I took my pedals to a friend that did electronics work at a local music store. He opened up the pedal dried off the PC board with a towel and sprayed the PC board with WD-40.

    I asked him what good would the WD-40 do and he asked me if I knew what the WD stood for. Water Displacement!

    Put the pedal back together and it worked like new.
     
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    I had a hard rain on my gear not long ago - let it dry. As long as it is rainwater, all should be okay. It was for me.

    :eek:)
     
  8. Paul in Colorado

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    The rice method! I just saw that on a crime show. A guy had info on a cell phone that got wet, so he hid it in a bag of rice in his kitchen to dry. He was allergic to rice so he didn't eat it and it was the key factor to solving the case.

    After a day of sitting out while the case dried, everything seems fine. Thanks, all!
     
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