A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

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A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by detectorman5050 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:20 pm

I dropped my cheapo non waterproof pinpointer into a pool of water this afternoon. It was submerged only for seconds, but I could quickly tell from the strange noises it started making, that it really didn't like water.

Anyway, it was basically totally broken, and I've only had it for a week!

So what I did was, initially place it on the hot air vent in my car as I drove home, to try and evaporate as much water as possible (without melting it.) Once I got home I sat it vertically (so any remaining water would run towards the floor) in front of an electric fan heater.

It is now working again. ::g


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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by Timmy 64 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:24 pm

Have you got wd 40 trying spraying where there battery go.

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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by detectorman5050 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:25 pm

Timmy 64 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:24 pm
Have you got wd 40 trying spraying where there battery go.
What does that do? I believe the water got in through the speaker.
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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by Bargeman » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:26 pm

when you get home put it in a sealed bag of dry rice ::g



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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:04 am

detectorman5050 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:25 pm
Timmy 64 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:24 pm
Have you got wd 40 trying spraying where there battery go.
What does that do? I believe the water got in through the speaker.
The WD 40 is a good suggestion from Timmy 64 as it affords protection to the battery contacts to prevent rusting. It's a good preventive maintenance tip for any battery contacts as it also deters the effect of electrolytic corrosion building up. ::g Regards ss47
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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by Pete E » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:12 am

If you get anything electronic wet, the main thing is turn it is off ASAP and don't be tempted to turn it on until its had a chance to dry out...

Very often you can get away with drying out electronics if nothing has been shorted out during the submersion...the problems really start if it gets dunked in salt water though...I would be very tempted to rinse off any salt water with fresh before starting the drying process, but its difficult to know what is the best in those circumstances...
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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by Jamesey1981 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:33 pm

Just FYI for anyone that's interested, the W D in WD40 stands for water displacement, the 40 is because it was the 40th formula they tried before they were happy with it.

I'm well acquainted with the water displacement properties of it as I used to drive a mini, and on the old mini the distributor cap was right behind the grille so every time it rained heavily while I was driving it would break down, WD40 in the cap and on the points got it going again. :)

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Re: A Top Tip if You Drop Your Non Waterproof Pinpointer into a Pool of Water!

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:32 am

On the basis that prevention is better than cure, producing a suitable lanyard can be effected in minutes, saving the hassle and possible cost of replacement. ::g ss47
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