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Melting feet on Sun external enclosure 599-2067

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Griff Miller, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. Griff Miller

    Griff Miller Guest

    I thought this was sort of amusing.

    I have a few of these enclosures, each holding a 4GB hard drive, hooked up
    to some older workstations that are on top of your basic computer room sort
    of table that has a gray formica-like top. The rubber feet of all of the
    enclosures that are directly on the tabletop have "melted", leaving a sticky
    mess. I don't mean melted in the thermal sense; rather, they've broken down
    chemically. OTOH, the enclosures that are on top of something else, e.g. another
    enclosure or workstation, have "normal" feet.

    Weird. There must be some sort of reaction that took place between the tabletop
    and the feet. At first I thought it might be the windex (the liquid, not the
    database :) that I use to clean the table top, but then other things on that
    table don't have melted feet. Just that type of enclosure.
    Griff Miller, Sep 4, 2003
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  2. Griff Miller

    Mark Guest

    I have seen this too, but on Older Sun Keyboards. These have the grey feet
    melt aswell. The room is aircon'd so it cannot be heat?
    Very wierd indeed.!

    Mark, Sep 4, 2003
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  3. Griff Miller

    Claus Dragon Guest

    While forming in a straight line, "Mark"
    i have experienced the same with old type 5 or 4 keyboards. they
    messed some of my shirts because i did not notice that when i carried
    them. i figured they were kind of glued to the table but that did not
    make sense. so i took some cleaning sheets and wiped them clean. that
    helped, in a way.
    Claus Dragon, Sep 4, 2003
  4. I've seen this too, but in my case it has been Sun 611 boxes stacked
    on top of each other, so it's not a reaction between any table and the
    feet. I would have guessed (like most chemical reactions) it goes
    faster at higher temperature. Alcohol (ethanol, C2H5OH to be precise)
    removes the mess. In my case the room is not air-conditioned.

    Dr. David Kirkby,
    Senior Research Fellow,
    Department of Medical Physics,
    University College London,
    11-20 Capper St, London, WC1E 6JA.
    Website: http://www.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/~davek
    Author of 'atlc' http://atlc.sourceforge.net/
    Dr. David Kirkby, Sep 7, 2003
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