The day the music died. Or got washed.

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Blog entry by Tim29 posted 03-16-2010 11:00 PM 1491 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sad day for the woodshop today. If any of you are like me you like to have something to listen to besides the whir of powertools bouncing off the inside of your head while you woodwork (this may not apply to you handtool woodworkers). I like to listen to my mp3 player with earbuds underneath my hearing protection. I get in from a wonderful day of working in the shop, take off the hoodie I was wearing and hang it on the back of a chair and go about doing other things in the house. My loving wife comes in and sees the hoodie and says to herself “I think I will wash this so Tim will have it clean tomorrow for another fun filled day off from work in the shop”. I really do appreciate the gesture and had the mp3 player not still been in the pocket, I would have appreciated it even more. The bright side is, the player does not have sawdust on it anymore. It also smells like Tide. Guess I will just have to replace another tool in the shop. HA!!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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Mark E.

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 11:08 PM


You may be able to save it by putting it in a plastic baggie with one or two of those small desiccant bags.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 11:12 PM

Let it dry out. I ahve heard of even placing it in the oven at the lowest temp. Do not turn it on for a few days. Make sure it is dry. You might get lucky. Someone with more experience should be able to help more… (you are not the first;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 11:15 PM

I had the same thing happen to me last year, only it was my cell phone. I have a new one now, but I really miss the old one. I feel your pain.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 11:23 PM

Ha ha, this reminds me of one of my hoodie mishaps. I got home from work one day and had my phone inside the front pocket, the right side of this pocket was ripped, so nothing ever stayed in there. Stood up from using the restroom bent down to flush and with perfect timing my cell phone dropped out and into the toilet. Considering to reach down and grabbed it, I thought, Nah, there no way it will flush that phone…

1 second later I was proved wrong…

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 11:42 PM

flushin the phone bwahahaha!!!!! I dropped one of the straps of my overalls in the toilet once. right around lunch. really dont advise doing that either.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 11:43 PM

LOML did that to my phone about a year ago. I wish I had replaced it with a basic phone with no contract. We want OUT of AT&T… Their cell coverage by the house is pretty spotty.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#7 posted 03-16-2010 11:52 PM

Try running over your cell with a 27 horse zero turn mower!!!! Really doesn’t do it any good at all.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 12:12 AM

I am still using a cell phone that I dropped in the swimming pool last summer. It was only underwater for about 1 minute. I let it dry for a few hours and it worked as usual.

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 12:30 AM

out with the batteries and if you can open it easy then do that
and dry it with some cloth and a hairdryer but bee carefull not to
overheat the electronics
or let it dry near some heatingsorce a cople of days after dismantel

that could save it I have done it 40-50 times with custommers cellphones

good luck with it maybee you are lucky becourse it is not every time a succes


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#10 posted 03-17-2010 12:30 AM

One option I’ve recently found, is if you can find two of the same models that are “broken” on (choose your favorite auction site or seller listing site) and cannibalize them into one working model. I did that recently with one of the first video generation Ipods when my wife’s hard drive failed on hers. Some people just aren’t handy enough to take the time and replace a couple dollar part so they pop them on there dirt cheap. Good luck, I know what it’s like when your MP3 player dies!

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 12:57 AM

let it dry out it should be ok

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 03-17-2010 01:47 AM

The same happened to me. After laying on a shelve for a week, I put it on the charger, and low and behold, it works again. Now I have two because I immediately bought another one …

Give it a try, it just may work.


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#13 posted 03-17-2010 02:01 AM

Puy it in a bag of rice. The rice pulls the moisture out slowly.

-- Okcut- When you come to the fork in the road--take it.

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#14 posted 03-17-2010 02:47 AM

Put it in a bag of uncooked rice in the refrigerator. They both take out moisture slowly.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#15 posted 03-17-2010 03:21 PM

The battery definitely would have fried, but I’m with everyone else—you should try and dry it out and see if it still works before writing it off.

Funny (but sad) story nonetheless!

-- David from Indiana --

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