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Can I resuscitate my drowned Polder timer?

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This morning I finally got around to cleaning dishes from a big grilling night. In the sink with all my grilling utensils was my Polder timer, submerged in water.

Is there any chance it will ever come back to life? I know it's only $20, but still...

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  1. Take out the battery and soak the timer in some distilled water for a bit, changing the water a few times. Then let it dry out completely (I have used a desk lamp for heat), put in a new battery and see if it works. Probably a 30-40% chance of success.

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    1. re: LabRat

      Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a shot.

      1. re: wittlejosh

        I was trying to set my timer (not polder though) and it slipped out of my hands into a pot of boiling water. I fished it out as fast as possible but it died instantly. I stuck it on the counter meaning to throw it away.

        About a week later, someone noticed that it was working again. the screws are rusty now but it works exactly the same as before.

        1. re: wittlejosh

          LabRat's advice is good, I've successfully used a toothbrush and tap water to clean laptop computers that have soaked in Pepsi and had them come back to life. If it sat in dirty dishwater overnight, though, soaking it in water may not work, there may be gunk inside. If it's possible for you to disassemble the timer, do that, then wash the parts individually, paying special attention to the circuit board. If you have an old toothbrush, that would be good for getting any gunk off the circuit board. Then just let it dry thoroughly before reassembling it.