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So I leave my gear at my other guitar player's house where we practice in their barn. Turns out that we had a bad rain storm the other night and part of the barn flooded...my cab and head were fine cause they were elevated off the ground and my guitar wasn't there, but my pedalboard was on the ground and got submersed in water. :( Both my Ibanez TS7ovChaos and Digitech RP1000 were victims...they weren't powered on at the time of the flood and weren't even plugged into a power source. What I need to know now is 1. if my equipment can be saved/salvaged without any damage, and 2. how I should go about cleaning and prepping the pedals before turning them on? I've heard rice, rubbing alcohol, brake cleaner, so I have no idea what I'm doing here. Someone HELP!
 

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Don't turn them on and leave them in a bowl of rice for like...a week
 

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Don't turn them on and leave them in a bowl of rice for like...a week
This.
 

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Yeah, I have heard if you let wet electronics dry out completly they will be fine.
Yeah, as long as there wasn't power running in it while it was wet, it may still work. Disassemble them and carefully clean the boards if they were soaked with anything that had stuff other than just water (which, there's probably some degree of chemical contaminant in it, so I'd clean it to just be safe)
 

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Oh man :( My fingers are crossed for you man. Find someone professional to clean the insides??
 

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I would NEVER let my gear witness a flood!

In truth, that sucks but it sounds like everything may work once it dries :yesway:
 

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be sure to get the circuit boards cleaned properly, that water was dirty and might have left some residue to shortcircuit your gear. you can get some electronics cleaner and give them a good sprayin'. If you have a heated floor somewhere(bathroom or something) leave them there for a good 4-5 days to dry off after cleaning.
 

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That seriously sucks bro. If your other guitar player saw that it was raining so hard. Why didn't he go out there and put stuff up. Just sayin'.:shrug:
 

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Good news! I decided to plug them in and power them up just to see if they work...and they do! Everything works okay! :hbang:
 

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Kickass! :tmm:
 

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Yeah as long as there's not actually any power running to them, they'll generally be ok.

Random side note - one of the best amps I've ever played through was an old Vox AC30 (made in 1970something), that had been totally submerged in a flood a few years ago. The owner left it to dry out for about a month, and it was as good as new.
 

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Yeah as long as there's not actually any power running to them, they'll generally be ok.

Random side note - one of the best amps I've ever played through was an old Vox AC30 (made in 1970something), that had been totally submerged in a flood a few years ago. The owner left it to dry out for about a month, and it was as good as new.
Even the speakers? That's impressive!
 

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make sure to open those units and clean the boards off. even though they work, there is probably crap all over them and one day some of that crap might shift and boom, no more gear.
 

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make sure to open those units and clean the boards off. even though they work, there is probably crap all over them and one day some of that crap might shift and boom, no more gear.
I agree, I will do that! :yesway:
 
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