[rescue] Is this machine worth a rescue? (Tales from the dumpster)

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Thu Jun 12 11:33:35 CDT 2003

On Thu, Jun 12, 2003 at 06:50:53AM -0400, James wrote:
> > Dishwasher, rinse with deionized or distilled water, let dry for a nice
> > long time.  Ultrasonic would be great, if you've access to one.
> Yup, works great.
> I suggest following with an isopropynol rinse. Not "rubbing alcohol", which
> is part water, but pure isopropynol. It bonds to water and takes it away
> (often used in circuit board manufacture). If you cannot get 100%
> isopropynol, check out "gas line antifreeze" as it's usually nothing more
> than pure isopropynol.

Pure 100% isopropanol (aka isopropyl alcohol) is almost impossible to
find because the stuff is so aggressively hygroscopic.  It sucks up
water from anywhere, including the atmosphere.  But you can buy 99%
isopropanol by the gallon at most medical-supply stores, labelled as
surgical alcohol.  I always keep a gallon bottle in stock and a pint or
so in a handheld spray-bottle -- an empty Simple Green bottle works
great, with the spray-or-stream nozzle.  Useful stuff.

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