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FEBRUARY 26, 2009   

When an electronic gadget gets wet

Kitchen timer in bowl of riceIt's a long story, but basically it was a mistake to run water on my kitchen timer to wash off the Elmer's glue. Some of the water got inside—who'd a thunk it?—and the numbers on the display began freaking out.

I remembered an article I read recently about what to do if you drop your cell phone in the water and immediately took the first step: take the battery out.

Then I wiped the timer dry and should have used a hairdryer to finish the job but must have missed that step when I read the article. Instead I remembered that putting the device in a bowl of rice would work, since the rice absorbs water. It acts as a desiccant, like those little packets marked "Do Not Eat" that you find stuck in the packaging of electronic gear.

A few hours later the timer was working good as new, timing Joanne & I as we ran up and down the steps for twenty minutes as part of our Grand Canyon exercise regimen.

Here's the WikiHow article on Saving a Wet Cell Phone. Just in case.

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