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Tips for salvaging water-damaged tools

Power tools and equipment


  • Allow machine to dry out fully, then apply light machine oil to bare metal surfaces. Partially disassemble if necessary to dry interior areas that may trap water.
  • Find an electrician who can check out the electrical components and/or have it repaired by a professional.
  • See “e-Salvage”  for information on electronics.


  • Use WD-40 to speed the drying—the gummy residue will collect dust and cause you problems later on
  • Put lubricant on non-metallic parts



  • Rinse, blot, and air dry; metal parts should then be oiled with light machine oil.

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