Restoration Of A Flood Damaged fitlet

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Restoration Of A Flood Damaged fitlet

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If there ever were any doubts about the quality and resilience of fitlet, the story which follows should allay those concerns.

During the period of August 12 - 14, 2016, the part of southeast Louisiana where I reside received record-setting, torrential rainfall. A low pressure system stalled over the region and produced rainfall amounts of 20 inches and more over a broad area. What followed was what has been described as a 1000 year, record setting flood which inundated more than 100,000 homes and countless businesses.

Like may others, my home flooded and most of family's possessions were destroyed. The water reached a depth of 40 inches in my home which exceeded the height of tables and cabinets. Thankfully, my family escaped with our lives and our health - everything else is relatively unimportant and can be replaced over time.

One little bright spot in this whole ordeal is the recovery and restoration of fitlet. fitlet was submerged for 2 days, and was neglected for almost 2 months after the flood until I was able to make time to work on it.

See below.

The Rain Event
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Boating In To Rescue My Wife
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After The Water Receded - Fitlet Is On The Table
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Fitlet - As Recovered - It Doesn't Look Good
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Fitlet Disassembled Prior To Cleaning - Grime and Corrosion
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The Cleaning Process
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1. Dishwashing Detergent - Clean/wash case components
2. Isopropyl Alcohol - Clean/flush circuit boards
3. Caig Laboratories Cramolin R-5L - Clean and remove oxidation from connectors, controls, and circuit board solder pads
4. Caig Laboratories DeoxIT D5 - Clean, remove oxidation from, and protect controls and connectors.

Fitlet After Cleaning and Drying - It Almost Looks New
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Fitlet - Back In Operation - Amazing!!!
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Re: Restoration Of A Flood Damaged fitlet

Post by irads »

A fascinating story. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiring projects done with fitlet so far. We are looking forward to your upcoming projects.
On behalf of Compulab I wish you and your dear ones quick recovery and returning to normal life.


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