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cat pee

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by thedmc, Mar 3, 2001.

  1. thedmc

    thedmc Guest

    my friend got an otari mx 7800 hundred today and when he got it home it became apparent that a cat had been using the electronics for channel's 7&8 as a toilet. we took it apart and the inside was dry but the outer cover had to be disassembled and cleaned.though the whole smells like piss so what can i use to get rid if the smell which is mostly in the rack. :(
     
  2. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    Natures Miracle?

    Mixerman
     
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I've got good news for you, and bad news for you...the good news is it may not be cat pee, the bad news is it may be 'cockroaches' (or some other bug)...and not necessarily the bug.

    We ended up with a system from a bar room once, fired it up, and low and behold the lovely fragrance of 'ode de puddy tat'. There were several dead cockroaches inside, but they were not the actual culprit...turned out it was the 'poop of the cockroach'. This required many gallons of 'distilled water' and a toothbrush to clean.

    Remove everything that can produce heat, from power supplies to audio cards, soak in a solution made from 2 gallons distilled water, with 4 capfuls of "Simply Green" cleaner [any other 'environmentally correct' one will work just peachy].

    Rub it down with a toothbrush, rinse with fresh distilled water, air dry, reinstall.

    Should work. Don't do things like motors (if the problem persists...I would recommend sending the motors to a 'motor rebuilding shop'), have a fire extinguisher handy when you restart the machine in case you ^#$%ed something up (disclaimer on my end in case something goes wrong).

    You're going to find the low end response a little squirelly on the 7800...other than that, neat machine.
     
  4. thedmc

    thedmc Guest

    thanks for the reply fletcher.i pretty positive that it was cat pee though because there was puddle in the electronics rack.so are you saying dunk the channel cards in the solution os the channel frame after i *remove* the channel cards? thanks for your help.-daniel
     
  5. MMazurek

    MMazurek Guest

    My cat can:

    1) Open the control room door (when unlocked)

    2) Run inside quitely

    3) Find one of two $45.00 optical cables out of at least a hundred other cables

    4) Bite through rendering it useless

    5) Scurry out of the room laughing

    (all done within the timeframe of readjusting a mic position)

    I'm in it $135.00 now and lock the door.

    ...very proud it only took me 3 times to learn :D
     
  6. John Sayers

    John Sayers Active Member

    You'll also find that your cat can fly through a plate glass window if thrown hard enough ....and still land on all fours :D
     
  7. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    If it really is cat piss, Natures Miracle, sold at your local pet store is a solvent for the odor. Even the cats can't smell it anymore.

    Mixerman
     
  8. lflier

    lflier Guest

    Fletcher, I hear ya about the cockroaches. I worked out of this really cool old studio once, which had a beautiful old API console, and when I first worked there it was maintained immaculately. Unfortunately I booked a session in there about 5 years later and when we first started tracking a couple of cockroaches came scurrying out of the fader slots. Turned out there were zillions of them in there... YIKES!!

    I was telling this story to a friend recently and we realized how stupid I had been not to have used the situation to my advantage. If only I could've convinced the roaches (perhaps by cutting a deal with their union leader for a generous payment of sugar) to move the faders at appropriate times, I could've had a cockroach-automated console. :eek:

    --Lee
     
  9. Originally posted by MMazurek:
    My cat can:

    1) Open the control room door (when unlocked)

    2) Run inside quitely

    3) Find one of two $45.00 optical cables out of at least a hundred other cables

    4) Bite through rendering it useless

    5) Scurry out of the room laughing

    (all done within the timeframe of readjusting a mic position)

    I'm in it $135.00 now and lock the door.

    ...very proud it only took me 3 times to learn :D


    After the first time I would have dumped that cat in clear epoxy resin and hung him from the ceiling somewhere.

    Steve(definitely a DOG kinda guy)
     
  10. hathabr

    hathabr Guest

    My cat got into a similiar cord chewing habit. Loved audio cables. A couple things solved the problem - finally. (even locking-out didn't always work-sometimes I'd forget).

    First- the only effective punishment that ever worked (!) is the squirt bottle (believe it or not) when caught in the act. I squirted him, then he ran off. I then picked him up, carried him over to the cord he had been chewing, and squirted him again. He never did it again. He just walks by the cords, ignoring them.

    However, that is only to catch him doing damage to an existing cord. The preventative method is to take AppleSour spray from pet stores does the trick. It is mostly just alcohol with something else, and dries clear with no stickiness. The reason that caused the squirting was a new cord I forgot to spray down.

    Hope this helps.
     
  11. MMazurek

    MMazurek Guest

    Not unlike children that drone out their parents' yelling & screaming, my cat has learned to adapt to the water bottle squirts.

    (I even think when she's licking it off herself, she actually flicks me the middle pad) ;)
     

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