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Cleaning computers after fire

On Mon, Dec 20, 2004 at 01:25:44PM -0500, Greg Rundlett wrote:
> We had a fire at the house where I work over the weekend...that's the 
> bad news.
> The good news is that the house didn't burn down and all the computers 
> seem fine (even though the vinyl blinds right above where my computers 
> are located are melted).  There is heavy smoke damage to the entire 
> house, and heat at the ceiling was at least 900 degrees in some parts of 
> the house.
> I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with cleaning a motherboard / 
> PC internals after a fire.  I am sure that the chemicals/acid/soot in 
> the smoke could cause problems over time and so the equipment should be 
> cleaned as thoroughly as possible.  I'm running commodity desktop 
> systems, so it may be cheaper to just buy new ones and migrate the data 
> and applications.  But then again, we've got at least 5 PC's to deal 
> with, so buying 5 new PC's, then migrating everything would be expensive 
> and time-consuming.

This stuff may work:

Sorry to hear about the fire.  Hope they/you all recover.

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Idealism:  "Realism applied over a longer time period"
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