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My cellphone /IPOD/Mp3/ Iphone got wet and won't work!

Ok, so you dropped your "Life Line" in the toilet... First of all REMOVE THE BATTERY IMMEDIATELY AND DO NOT TURN UNIT ON. I know...you already turned it on...it's ok...just don't do it again. This will work 90% of the time if you follow the instructions to the number. Most electronic devices today have some sort of "Water Damage" sensor that alert the manufacturer to your attempt at deception. Don't believe me? Go grab your Ipod.....get a flashlight and shine it into the hole where you plug your headphones......you'll see a white dot. This turns red if it gets wet..This is the first thing Apple or any other manufacturer checks when you send in a defective unit. Anyway...how to fix it.. Take you wet item and shake out as much moisture as you can..next...wrap it tightly in paper towels leaving the ends "Un- Wrapped" (So where you plug your charger in and where the antenna is should not be wrapped.) Next, place the wrapped unit in a sandwich bag and seal it half way...yup! Just half way...there is science behind this trick. Now place the unit on a sunny window sill, car dashboard, or heating vent for 24 hours. The item will work when you pick it up tomorrow. Here's why. Moisture got into your phone...the water needs to go somewhere. If you just place it on a heater vent, it would evaporate and condense continually inside your phone destroying tiny components along the way. When you wrap it in paper towels, you are insulating it forcing the evaporating water to escape through the openings at either end and condensing on the inside of the sandwich bag.

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samsung will not turn on


pull out the battery and leave it out until you are 100% all water inside has dried out.. its not the water itself that does the most damages to the phone. but the power jumping from points to points on the microchips and traces causing erosion by electrolysis and damage by shorting.

the worst thing you can do is putting the battery back in too soon

if its very contaminated water (salty,chemicals.dirt etc.) this wont work tho. since the contaminations will short the phone out

Feb 21, 2014 | Samsung Intensity III High Quality Headset...

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Whiledoing a little landscaping, I cut the incoming water line and, while repairing it, I got dirt in the line and it went to two of our toilets. Now, these two toilets will not shut off when the toilets fill. Is therfe a way I can clean them out or do I have to replace them. Please give me suggestions on how to clean or replace. Thanks Jim


Jim, you may be suprised how easy it is to remove the toilet fill valves. Turn the stop **** off at the wall under the toilet. Flush the toilet and then soak up the remaining water in the tank with a towel. In a lot of cases you can turn the supply line fitting by hand. Even if you need a wrench or channel lock pliers, turn the large fitting nut clockwise until it drops free from the toilet tank. Reach inside and lift the valve out of the tank. You probably can't disassemble the valve, but you can inspect it for dirt and debris. Depending on the type of valve, you can probably blow backwards through the valve and watch for whatever is in there to come out. Most valves depend on a float of some sort to raise an arm up to shut the water off. Be sure the float is in the open position when you try to blow through it. What I would do is trot over to Home Depot or Lowes and pick up two of those tank valves that look like a little turtle and put them in instead of cleaning out the old ones. They are less than $20.00 and don't require any float at all. Less moving parts means less things to go wrong. You set the water level in your tank by turning a small screw on the turtle. When you reinstall the valves, whichever one you use carefully tighten the water line nut back to the tank. Do not overtighten. Check for leaks. Do not leave any leak, not even just one drop an hour. Good luck.

Sep 17, 2010 | Home

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I dropped it in a toilet for no more than three seconds. I immediately removed the battery and sim card and soaked the phone and battery in rice for a few hours. The water damage sticker is white but the phone still refuses to turn on. The phone is a samsung eternity.


the first step is to take the battery of the phone and place both the the phone and the battery in a zip lock bag with rice and leave it for three day and then put it back together and the phone should turn on

May 18, 2010 | Cell Phones

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Wet cell phone


You should try to borrow a battery or simply take yours out and plug in the charger to see if it will turn on.

Jan 12, 2008 | Motorola Mobility E815

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Dropped in Toilet


See if it will turn on when you remove battery and plug it into your charger. If it will you could recover the numbers with the Motorola software or the Carrier could.

Jan 12, 2008 | Motorola Mobility E815

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