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June 23, 2009 / Maleesha Kovnesky

Give Your Phone a Bath

So I haven’t been posting much because my life right now involves three things:

  • Work on Computers in Various Scenarios
  • Farming and Rhubarb
  • Brief Appearances in Family Life

I do have to share with you that I dropped my phone in a big vat of rhubarb.  To keep rhubarb fresh while traveling, it needs to be in a bucket of water.  Therefore, I dropped my phone in a bucket of water.  I immediately pulled it out and shook the devil out if it, water flew all over myself and a customer who was there to pick up her vegetable share; I hope that she forgives me for flinging water upon her at only our second meeting.

Then my phone started to ring!  A customer was calling for directions to the park where I was handing out produce.  Except when I tried to answer the phone, the phone camera started going berserk!  I was taking pictures of the gravel, the sky, the rhubarb and my hat as I continued to fling the water out of the phone and curse at Murphy.  Every time I pushed a button, the phone’s camera snapped a photo. 

I was able to pry the phone apart and take the battery out.  I left the pieces to dry in the sun.  It finally broke 70 degrees so the hot sun dried out the phone, and after about 20 minutes I put it back together and it worked.  Oh my goodness, it worked.  I am so thankful because there is NO WAY I have the time or cash to go get a new phone. 

So again, if YOU should drop your phone in a watery bath of rhubarb, remember:

  • Shake Well
  • Shake Some More
  • Dry Parts in the Sun (if it’s raining, you are screwed)
  • Pray to the Verizon Gods
  • Reassemble phone

That’s it!  Enjoy and remember to spay and neuter your pets.

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  1. David / Jun 26 2009 4:36 pm

    Sounds like you’re on course to become Murphy’s Lawyer! Yay maleesha!

    My niece was getting a pedicure prior to being in my daughter’s wedding and the goofy guy at the salon was taking their picture and dropped her camera into the foot bath. It was a new camera and my niece was rather upset. She gave it to me to try to fix. I told her it was a goner. I removed the battery and flash card and hung the camera in front of a dehumidifier for a few days. I wasn’t really expecting it to come back to life, but it did.

    No secrets there. But speaking of working on computers and MTAE’s comment reminded me of a time I was working on someone’s PowerBook. It had a problem on the main board, I’d worked out by elimination. Not covered by warranty, but there was a sort of extended warranty coverage for this common problem of the AC adapter port breaking off the main board. It wasn’t the problem with the computer I was working on, but it would get a new board for free from Apple if it DID have that problem … long story short (is too late for that?) I was able to give it that problem without too much trouble.

    In conclusion, all my pets are neutered. But I’m not.

  2. smalltownsmalltimes / Jun 24 2009 10:54 am

    I dropped my phone in a kiddie pool. No wait, my kid dropped my phone in a kiddie pool. Verizon did take it back because I had insurance, but I had to get all crazy and loud before they agreed. Had I had this advice, I could have spared the Verizon salesperson a teeny weeny bit of semi-sorta-borderline verbal abuse.

  3. morethananelectrician / Jun 24 2009 8:21 am

    There is also another secret. Cell phone companies don’t warranty phones that have been in the water. Most batteries have a moisture sensor on them that changes color when they get wet.

    If you ever change batteries in your old phone, keep the bad one to use like a “throw away gun” in case you ever drop the phone in the water and it doesn’t work.

    Just swap out the batteries before you return it…or try to…

    I know it kind of hovers on “cheating the system” but the phone company would do it to you.

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