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    Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi,

    I was roasting under pergola today and had to rush out of the house (after the beans were done). I forgot to move the Gene undercover and when it poured rain this afternoon it got soaked. The beans were fine (dry) but Im worried about the machine. Water would have entered the unit through the top grills and water was pouring out of it when I tilted it from side to side. This cant be good.

    Not sure what I should do now. I figured I need it to completely dry out internally over the next few days/week, before I try it again. Has this happened to anyone before? What should I do?

    Many thanks, Mary

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 103C2F240D5D0 link=1244351784/0#0 date=1244351784
    What should I do?
    perhaps gently go over it with a hair dryer. Blow from underneath too to dry out the underside. Low heat too !!

    This is merely a suggestion. Ive done the same with other appliances before.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 0F282C230022232628344D0 link=1244351784/1#1 date=1244352668
    Quote Originally Posted by 103C2F240D5D0 link=1244351784/0#0 date=1244351784
    What should I do?
    perhaps gently go over it with a hair dryer. *Blow from underneath too to dry out the underside. *Low heat too !!

    This is merely a suggestion. *Ive done the same with other appliances before. *
    Ive done the same with even a mobile phone and brought it back to life.

    Agree with the hairdryer approach and also leaving it in a sunny spot like inside the house near a window for a few days.
    Airflow from an open window at the same time can help too.
    Because it runs on AC Id be making sure its as dry as possible before switching on again.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Since water was pouring from the inside, if you are able, Id suggest removing the cover to aid in the drying.

    Greg

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4B776A717B7A6D78707B1F0 link=1244351784/2#2 date=1244356236
    Ive done the same with even a mobile phone and brought it back to life.
    Good idea, although this didnt work in the movie Funny Games - worst movie I have ever seen!!!

    Im going to put the unit over the heat vent instead of using a blow dryer. Hope this works!

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C40535871210 link=1244351784/4#4 date=1244358231
    Quote Originally Posted by 4B776A717B7A6D78707B1F0 link=1244351784/2#2 date=1244356236
    Ive done the same with even a mobile phone and brought it back to life.
    Good *idea, although this didnt work in the movie *Funny Games - worst movie I have ever seen!!!

    Im going to put the unit over the heat vent instead of using a blow dryer. *Hope this works!

    Let it dry for AS long as possible... 48hrs or more... You could do a few hrs in the OVEN... Yep..

    Warm teh oven up say 60C -80C and then turn it off...


    Then place the unit in there for a while...

    Remember if in doubt.... Be careful... And get some one to check it out for ya...

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Thanks for the advice - Ive parked it right on top of the heating vent and I think Ill leave it there for 2 weeks.

    What type of person/service could check it out for me? I am a bit worried about it.

    Thanks, Mary

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 6A46555E77270 link=1244351784/6#6 date=1244425614
    Thanks *for *the *advice - Ive parked it right on top of the heating vent and I think Ill leave it there for 2 weeks. *

    What type of person/service could check it out for me? *I am *a bit worried about it.

    Thanks, Mary
    Depending on where you are :-) I will be down in Mel and traveling from teh City to Mt Waverley most days and should have test equipment with me..

    PM me your details... If I can not... I am sure others can assist.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 7854474C65350 link=1244351784/6#6 date=1244425614
    Thanks *for *the *advice - Ive parked it right on top of the heating vent and I think Ill leave it there for 2 weeks. *

    What type of person/service could check it out for me? *I am *a bit worried about it.

    Thanks, Mary
    Two weeks might be a bit excessive - you dont get much dryer then dry :)

    From the electronics point of view if nothing got damaged (and chances are high nothing did since the water was introduced while it was all off) then you are good. I would be more worried about the motors in there - they would have been water logged and will start to corrode internally.Ferious metals are rust magents - if you will excuse the pun :) The sooner you get those motors turning the better I say.

    You need to get them moving and probably lubricated asap.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Unit was inspected and tested...

    Looks like all is fine...

    Unit was in need of a little cleaning due to use, and I expect that it will look much better after the break.

    PS... CoffeeMama Thanks for teh coffee :-)

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    There is an Electical equipment cleaner that i have used on many mobil phones . Would recomend you grab a cheap toothbrush a mediam bristel would probably be best , the spray cleaner can be bought at repco- super cheap- auto barn .
    it is safe on all surfaces and wont leave a residue.
    the idea is to cover all electrical parts and give them a good brush with the tooth brush this will remove all rust or oxidisation . Dont spray on your digital readout .
    If using on a mobile phone never spray on the screen front or back as the spray seems to seap in and doesnt dry out very well and blurs the screen. Hope this helps

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Another tip that Ive already mentioned in another thread.

    Always use an Residual Current Device, AKA Safety Switch !!!!

    I bought one from bunnings. Can be as low as $22 to the one I got which was $79. Mine has four outlets in a a little red surround.

    ARLEC NPB94
    PORTABLE POWER BLOCK-SAFETY SWITCH 4OUT
    Portable Power Block - 4 outlet, each with individual Double Pole ON/OFF switch. Rating 240 volt 10 amp 2400 watt. Inbuilt Residual Current Device (RCD) safety switch to protect against electric shock, trip current 30mA. Overload protected 10A - manual reset function.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5374707F5C7E7F7A7468110 link=1244351784/11#11 date=1244877686
    Always use an Residual Current Device, AKA Safety Switch !!!!
    Agreed but no guarantees they will always work.

    My corretto was dying and kept tripping the house RCD so I connected it to a portable one and the house one still kept tripping.

    AM explained that the leak wasnt enough to trip the portable one but enough to trip the main one (which was monitoring the whole house).

    The corretto did eventually trip the portable unit and was immediately retired from service.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Agreed but no guarantees they will always work.
    TG: They work 100%, its just your coretto was faulty. Thats not a fault of the RCD. Obviously the RCD did its job.

    Good to see you using one anyway. Top stuff.


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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    BM the RCD connected closest to the corretto didnt trip.
    I know the RCD was not faulty because it did trip later when the corretto leaked bad enough to set it off.

    What I was trying to say was that in my particular set of circumstances, what I was wanting it to do, it didnt.

    When the corretto got to a level of leakage that was obviously critical, it tripped.

    It did the job it was designed to do - keep me safe.
    It wouldnt do what I wanted it to do - show me the corretto had a leak (because it was too small at the time).

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    For the record a RCD is designed to trip when it detects a loss of current . Ie the amount of current going into the live wire is not equal to the amount coming into the neutral so it assumes that the difference is going to ground.

    The reason why your house one tripped when your local one did not is that the house one is talying up the entire houses residual current and not just that of your correto. Switch mode power supplies like those found in computers leak current to earth by design so it is safe to say that there was already current leaking to earth.

    It is also worth noting that a RCD only protects you from shocks to earth. That is when you touch one live wire and the current drains through you to earth. If you happen to touch the live and neutral wires a RCD will have no problems allowing the resulting current to flow through your body.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

    Quote Originally Posted by 515E44585F5E4954300 link=1244351784/15#15 date=1245291849
    If you happen to touch the live and neutral wires a RCD will have no problems allowing the resulting current to flow through your body.
    This bit I didnt know.

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    Re: Help! Gene Cafe got wet (soaked) today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 073B263D373621343C37530 link=1244351784/16#16 date=1245292417
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    This bit I didnt know. [/QUOTE]

    Of course if you did do this and enough current did leak through your body to earth the RCD would trip too. But if you were wearing well insulated boots or somethign like that the RCD will let you fry.




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