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sup.
well, we had a little basement flood on the 7th and i woke up to find 5 inches of water in the basement. fack.

when i went down, i saw the surge protectors has gotten SUPER HOT and they were smoking and bubbling! it was warping and everything! even the power outlet for the surge protector was melting! and it was submerged completely in water too.

im wondering if that could have killed all of the components it was connected to (mom's comp, her dual monitors, printer).
also, one of her monitors had an AC brick on it. that was completely submerged too. will it still work? i cant take the brick off cuz its connected straight to the monitor.

also, my ghetto rig was connected to another surge protector that suffered the same bubbly melty death. will my ghetto rig still work? the power cable for the PSU got wet. i think its dry now but im still hesitant :/
i really dont want to loose my ghetto rig! i put so much time into it

so yeah. is all my stuff FUBAR or what?

btw heres a pic of two casualties. my scanner and an old printer that didnt work anyway

Edited by Enfluenza - 3/13/11 at 1:30pm
    
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shouldnt proper outlets/surge protectors shut off if they get wet and detect large fluctuations?

only way to know is to try plugging everything in, BUT i would use undamaged cords/power bricks, etc.
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all the plugs have melted plastic residue on them :/
also, the monitor's brix will not come off, since its attached to the monitor.
    
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Don't risk the monitor brick. It's probably crapped out.

You can get replacement 12V cables for cheap for your computer. Just grab some, grab new surge protectors, and try them out on a different level of your house that was unaffected.

File with your insurance, they might cover everything.
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Dang atleast it appears you waited to walk into the water until you flipped the breaker off or hopefully it flipped it self. Make sure you let things dry well if your gonna attempt to plug it back in.
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Hopefully you are smart and have insurance. Everything should be covered and you can get even better stuff.
    
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Surprising that your surge protectors were still providing power when completely submerged, those sound like really really crappy protectors. Toss em.

The stuff connected, air it out, hair dryer them back to full dryness, make sure they're truly truly fully dry, no condensation remaining, and try em out in a dry area on better power gear, new cables and everything. It's possible they're fine, possible they got totally annihilated. Even if they work now though, I'd start making replacement plans, as they're likely not what they once were after water + electrical damage happening.
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Don't risk the monitor brick. It's probably crapped out.

You can get replacement 12V cables for cheap for your computer. Just grab some, grab new surge protectors, and try them out on a different level of your house that was unaffected.

File with your insurance, they might cover everything.
balls.
the power brick is attached straight to th monitor, so i cant take it off.
****, now my mom has to use only 1 15" display till i can buy her another one
i'll test it first b4 i jump to conclusions tho.
i believe we dont have insurance for the basement anymore. idk i'll ask mom

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Dang atleast it appears you waited to walk into the water until you flipped the breaker off or hopefully it flipped it self. Make sure you let things dry well if your gonna attempt to plug it back in.
hmm.
the breaker did get flipped, but for some reason it was still uber hot and melting. how am i not dead?
must have been those rubber boots i wore :/
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Surprising that your surge protectors were still providing power when completely submerged, those sound like really really crappy protectors. Toss em.


The stuff connected, air it out, hair dryer them back to full dryness, make sure they're truly truly fully dry, no condensation remaining, and try em out in a dry area on better power gear, new cables and everything. It's possible they're fine, possible they got totally annihilated. Even if they work now though, I'd start making replacement plans, as they're likely not what they once were after water + electrical damage happening.
done.
they were old anyway. i'll tell my mom to STOP BUYING the cheapest surge protectors possible from now on lol

im gonna fully dry everything and see if it all works. i'll let you all know if they work or not.
    
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balls.
the power brick is attached straight to th monitor, so i cant take it off.
****, now my mom has to use only 1 15" display till i can buy her another one
i'll test it first b4 i jump to conclusions tho.
i believe we dont have insurance for the basement anymore. idk i'll ask mom


hmm.
the breaker did get flipped, but for some reason it was still uber hot and melting. how am i not dead?
must have been those rubber boots i wore :/

done.
they were old anyway. i'll tell my mom to STOP BUYING the cheapest surge protectors possible from now on lol

im gonna fully dry everything and see if it all works. i'll let you all know if they work or not.
its also to do with your wall outlets and the fact that it didn't flip the fuse box is bad too...
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