My shop possum peed on my keyboard tonight.

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Forum topic by Pete_Jud posted 06-24-2010 03:58 AM 5655 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2010 03:58 AM

I will have to go to goodwill and pickup an new to me usb keyboard in the am. Hate when this happens. She shorted it right out. Had to go to another computer in the house to post this. Had five keys that don’t work now.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 04:08 AM

hm… yeah, had some squirrels that liked to pee and poop on my jointer, compressor, DC, drill press… then they would go to my roll of shop towels and rip those to shreds…

as you can imagine – those few times I got to get in the garage, instead of woodworking, I was cleaning around (as if I don’t have enough of that in the HOUSE).

let you keyboard dry – you’ll be surprised how it can work itself out of those situations ;) (don’t ask me how I know)

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 04:15 AM

A possum? – shut the door man, LOL ;)

-- Joe

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 04:40 AM

I agree with Dave…rinse it out good and let it dry. It may work fine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 05:06 AM

This is an aussie possum that the wife unit thought I needed to keep me companyl The cage is takeing up a lot of floor space but it looks like I will have to keep her for another 10 years, (average life span). She is a sugar glider, who knew a flying possum could be a good shop buddy. I named her Tarzali, after the town that I had a bush possum run across my foot on the deck of a treehouse that I rented on north Queensland AU.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 05:13 AM

I was going to suggest a .22. I didn’t realize you were talking about a PET!! DOH!!!


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 05:38 AM

i suggest the alcohol rinse over the water rinse. Minerals in the water can make more keys stop working.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 05:42 AM

I’ve used Windex & a tooth brush then hit ‘em with the air compressor. As I recall there were two out of several hundred that failed after such treatment (used to work at a place that recycled computers & other electronics).

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 06:03 AM

a possum…. i got a dog lol

-- wood takes time and effort... just like women

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 06:13 AM

Quite a humorous post. I don’t believe I’ve seen an AU possum although I am sure they don’t look anything like the American possum (kind of like a medium size, light tan, rat). The lil guys we have around here are mostly pests to the farmers and wine grape growers. They do alot of damage…and kill alot of chickens. I don’t think anyone would keep these as pets…they can be quite nasty….I had to get rid of one my dog cornered….it kept trying to attack the shovel I was using to influence it’s departure. So much for it “Playing Possum” (play dead) they are supposed to do. ROFL

Do these animals make good pets by the way? You folks have some interesting species down there.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 06-24-2010 07:09 AM

I’m sorry Pete, your signature says “Life is too short to own an ugly boat”, but you keep a possum!? :-P

-- ~Mark

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#11 posted 06-24-2010 01:43 PM

Aussie Possum

American Possum

Apparently, everything is cuter in Australia….

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#12 posted 06-24-2010 04:39 PM

I suggest drinking the alcohol and throwing out the keyboard(they are only a couple of bucks at goodwill)
If it happens again, drink the alcohol and send the wife to goodwill and pick up a new keyboard.
If it happens again, send the wife for more alcohol,shoot the possum.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 06-24-2010 05:04 PM

At first I thought this post was a joke but, presumably, the pernicious power of possum pee precludes the possibility of prevarication. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 07:26 PM

The possum looks just like the upper picture. Her body is around 4 inches long, and the tail around 6. She just loves climbing around on the stacks of lumber. BTW, just got a new to me goodwill keyboard, 1.99 and it works fine.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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