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How to Salvage a Phone with Sticky Keys
Posted by: mjgkramer
Date: December 15, 2010 03:42PM
A while back I posted a message asking how to clean the sticking keys in one of our AT&T handsets. I don't know why they were sticking but they were acting like something sugary had been spilled on the phone, although the exterior was not sticky. Someone suggested soaking it in isopropyl alcohol. I tried that and although the keys were not sticking as badly, after a week or so it was almost impossible to dial.

Last night I removed the battery and soaked the whole lower part of the phone (the keypad) in a cup of mineral free water from our reverse osmosis system. This morning I shook out the water and soaked it in isopropyl alcohol for several hours, followed by a couple of hours of drying time.

I just now used the phone and so far so good - the keys are not sticking at all and the phone works perfectly.
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Re: How to Salvage a Phone with Sticky Keys
Posted by: Cary
Date: December 15, 2010 04:01PM
Next time, buy a set of micro screwdrivers (Home depot has a Husky kit for under $10, take apart the phone, clean the keypad and the platic face that surrounds it with isopropyl alcohol, let dry, then re-assemble.

Soaking in water is not a good idea. At the very least, it sets off the moisture sensors, so if you ever need service, the AT&T tech will claim water damage, and give you a hard time about it.

Glad it worked for you, though.
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Re: How to Salvage a Phone with Sticky Keys
Posted by: mjgkramer
Date: December 15, 2010 04:12PM
Thanks Cary. Before the soakings I removed two screws in the battery case and tried unsuccessfully to pry the case apart with a jeweler's screw driver. I doubt that there is a moisture sensor in the phone as it's a $20 AT&T CL82409 handset, not an iPhone. I was prepared to buy a replacement if it didn't work after the soakings.
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Re: How to Salvage a Phone with Sticky Keys
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: December 15, 2010 04:25PM
Let it dry out for several days before trying to use it.



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Re: How to Salvage a Phone with Sticky Keys
Posted by: haikuman
Date: December 15, 2010 08:24PM
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Re: How to Salvage a Phone with Sticky Keys
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 16, 2010 12:15AM
I would not wait several days to let it dry out.

I would use a hair dryer set to Warm, and shake the phone frequently.

The more timid could wrap it once in a paper towel and put it in a bag of rice or silica gel.

Drying it thoroughly is important, and the sooner the better.



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