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Old 31st March 2004, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default Urine Smell: How to get rid of it on elecronics?

I am sure that a few here have found audio equipment in a simular condition. Please bare with me as I tell you of my new found gem and my problem.

I am sure that a few here have found audio equipment in a simular condition.

By a stroke of luck while driving around late last night I saw at the curb, waiting for the garbage man, a 1960s(?) Hammond Organ.

It weighed a lot more than I can weight lift but I got it into the trunk of my car, Jerry Lewis style.

Missing were speakers and it had a busted line out jack. Other than that it appears to work okay.

Got it home and left it outside (too heavy to lift up the stairs). Inspected it with my flash light. Everything, electronics, spring reverb, amplifyer, looks clean and in good shape but oviously this had been in a garge or shed for a number of years.

The spaces above the innerworkings of the keyboards is filled with the stuff of mice nesting and there is a strong scent of urine.

My project for this summer is going to be to dismantle the organ electronics and keys out of the wood body and get it to fit into a smaller, and lighter DIY enclosure. All new knobs and more. Easy.

However, how do I get rid of the urine smell?

I am leaving it outside for a few days. I will remove and shop vac out the essential innards and store the electronics in the shed until warmer weather.

Everything on this unit is analog so I doubt that I can damage it much with lightly cleaning with ammonia and a sponge.

However, how would you do it?

Thanks in advance for reading this offbeat topic.
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Old 1st April 2004, 02:17 AM   #2
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Here are some photos I just took moments ago
http://home.sprynet.com/~dnemeth01/organ/
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Old 1st April 2004, 02:39 AM   #3
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Default don't pee on your equipment

and you won't have the problem
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Old 1st April 2004, 03:42 AM   #5
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Hello Darren01

Looks like there are two areas here, one is the electronics and the other the wood.

For the electronics, you can clean the pcb's by using some flux remover or pcb cleaner. It should be quite easy to remove the smell.

My guess is that most of the smell comes from the urine being absorbed into the wood. You can try applying some "Timbrene" (wood preserver) after airing and drying the wood. You may have to do this a few times to remove the smell. After that, seal the wood with some shellac.

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Old 1st April 2004, 04:40 AM   #6
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There is a product called Ex-Stink that might be able to absorb the urine smell. Search for it on the Web...
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Reminds me of a story:

A few years a ago a had the privilege of being asked to record a friend interviewing song writing legend, Sammy Kahn.

Everyone was a little nervous when Mr. Kahn entered the studio. A large cigar in his mouth he b-lined for the piano without acknowledging the producers greetings.

After pounding out a few bars, Mr. Kahn took the cigar from his mouth took a step towards the producer, “Ask me if the piano needs to be tuned”

The producer on the edge of spastic begins to stammer.

Again, Mr. Kahn, “I said, Ask me if the piano needs to be tuned!”

This time Tim starts to catch on, “Does the piano need to be tuned?”

Mr. Kahn, “No! It needs to be burned!”… “”Common kid lets do the interview”

Mr. Kahn entertained us for the next 90 minutes with stories from his career as a song writer as it intertwined with the George and Ira Gershwin and how he came to write songs for politician campaigns. Mr. Kahn passed away less than a year latter. Too bad I didn’t make better recordings that day.
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Old 2nd April 2004, 09:13 AM   #8
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Take a dump on it?

I remember you got that reply over at homereccers...

But that's not it. It needs fresh air, a lot of it.

Since you said all the wiring was fine and you wanted a new case anyway - have a good summer!!
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Old 21st April 2004, 09:20 PM   #9
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Hi, Darren1 -

Probably an enzyme product meant to take out pet odors would be helpful here. When the worst of the odor is removed, then seal and varnish or paint whatever it is to seal the remainder in.

Pyew!
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Hi, Darren1 -

Probably an enzyme product meant to take out pet odors would be helpful here. When the worst of the odor is removed, then seal and varnish or paint whatever it is to seal the remainder in.

Pyew!

I second this recommendation. I had to get rid of cat urine smell from a carpet and this stuff worked great. All I had to do was spray it on and leave it for two weeks and presto. I dont remember the name of the product but go to a pet store and describe what your looking for and they probably can tell you where to get it.

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