In the Shop
As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.
One More Thing Not To Drop Your Cell Phone Into
Feb 26, 2013
Add "used engine oil" to the list of things that cell phones can't tolerate.
We all know, by personal experience or the experiences of others, that cell phones don't like water. It doesn't matter if the water is in a toilet, a cattle waterer, or the live well in a fishing boat--cell phones have no sense of humor about being immersed in H2O. I've heard they also don't like liquid hog manure, a full rate of Treflan, or Texas-style chili.
Today my cell phone took a dive into a 5-gallon bucket full of used engine oil. The only bucket within 50 feet, but it managed to find it. It was quickly rescued and thoroughly rinsed with electric contact cleaner, and for a while there was hope I'd be able to resuscitate it. I was eventually able to dial and make calls, and it would ring and accept calls. I could hear the person talking on the other end. But I was never able to resurrect the microphone. So now I can listen on the phone, but nobody can hear me if I talk.
My wife thinks my "new" phone is wonderful.