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Author Topic: Smoke Damage  (Read 3959 times)
W9FIB
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« on: August 11, 2015, 01:01:12 PM »

I recently had a house fire that basically covered all my station equipment with soot and smoke. Any recommendations for cleaning the equipment? Does the inside of my Heathkit tuner and SB200 amplifier need to be taken apart to clean the roller inductor, coils, and variable caps? What to use to clean them?

Too bad to on the amp as it was almost new looking condition. It is now pretty much black. Fortunately not burned though.

Thanks in advance for any good advice.
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WI8P
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 02:50:44 PM »

You might want to search because I'm pretty sure someone else had the same problem a year or two back.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 03:06:12 PM »

I have heard that dry ice cleaning is possible. It may cost abit, but it is gental on the gear. It basically blasts the gear with tiny bits of dry ice, which leaves no residue, and cleans any removable contaminants.
They use it to clean the mirrors on large telescopes.
Ask around, maybe there is a company that can do it.
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W8JX
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2015, 03:12:58 PM »

you might try this

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 03:28:41 PM »

You might get your homeowner's insurance to pay for the restoration.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2015, 03:30:09 PM »

You might get your homeowner's insurance to pay for the restoration.


That depends on policy and coverage.
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W9FIB
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2015, 03:39:01 PM »

You might get your homeowner's insurance to pay for the restoration.


Yea my coverage maxed out before the ham gear got on the list. So have to do it myself.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2015, 03:41:08 PM »

you might try this

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Thanks John! Looks very promising and not too expensive either.
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2015, 03:54:03 PM »

you might try this

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Thanks John! Looks very promising and not too expensive either.

You are quite welcome. I dug around a bit to find something that was made for electronics.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2015, 09:29:35 AM »

OK, I see now why you didn't use the search - it kind of sucks.  Any way, here's what I found:

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,93437.0.html

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,70119.0.html

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,94252.0.html

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,94598.0.html

Hopefully, one or more of those will help.  There are also posts on cleaning specific parts, such as relays, tubes and capacitors that I didn't link.

Sorry about your misfortune, but glad you weren't hurt.  Good luck!
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W9FIB
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2015, 10:40:01 AM »

Thanks Tom! I will be reading through them as I have time. Hope to start cleaning and rebuilding my station in a couple weeks.

Yes everyone is fine here. Thanks for the well wishes.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 12:14:52 PM »

We had a fire on the deck and it did quite a lot of smoke damage due to the combustibles involved, Luckily the windows only cracked before we woke up and got it under control.

The only thing we found that worked on the greasy soot was engine cleaner, we cleaned all the aluminium windows and other metal work with it and it was fine.
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2015, 07:32:41 PM »

About 45 years ago we had an oil furnace "hiccup" and spew soot all over everything.  USAA had people over the next day, literally cleaning everything.  They paid for a new tv rather than try to salvage the existing one, and when I volunteered that I'd clean out my HW-101, they paid me four hours at my civilian pay rate.  Easiest sixty bucks I ever made!
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