On 3/31/2011 4:11 PM, David Griffith wrote:
On Thu, 31 Mar 2011, Chris Elmquist wrote:
On Thursday (03/31/2011 at 08:10PM +0100), Tony
remember encountering it when I was kid, in a similar phone.
Impossibly sticky. Probably full of PCBs or something.
Yes, that's the stuff alright. It gets on everything, particularly
fingertips, which makes it very difficult to handle small parts.
I could make a terrible joke using the other meaning of 'PCB' (the one
more commonly used in electronics) and say that the problem with this
network is the lack of PCBs. The other brands of American telephone I
have, and all the British ones, hae the components on a normal SRBP PCB
which is easy to repair.
Anyway, the potting compound doesn't smell like the Polychlorinated
biphenyls that I am used to.
Maybe it's Gutta-percha,
It was popular with the telephone (cable) crowd at least ;-)
I doubt it. Gutta percha is rock-hard at room temperature.
I recall what you all are talking about, and it reminds me of the
silicon glue type stuff, minus the vinegar smell that the early versions
of that we got had. Never thought about it other than the fact that
both were soft at room temp, and had about the same diluted milky
If the temperature is an issue above water boiling point, one could use
hot oil to supply the temp, but it would still have a lot of heat, which
could damage it.