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Stephen Blue

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Long story short - did not power on tonight because of massive amounts of rain. Lots of wind too - went out after the rain stopped to fix some wind-toppled characters and smelled something burnt. Discovered this.

Any ideas? Facebook has suggested a critter got in... Interested to hear any additional thoughts, as I'm just beside myself...

...And my hands reek of charred controller, and this soap isn't doing any good. Hah

(Cross posted on PC & facebook group)

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I am so sorry! That looks awful. This is my worst lighting nightmare. Looks like a new controller to me.

Sorry!

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My best guess would be one of two things. Loose connection of the wiring connected to the terminal block. Second would be water. Rain water is conductive and this is an area of the board where power and neutral are very close together.

Chuck

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Seems to be "ground zero" was the base of the fuse holder. I pulled the board tonight and cleaned it off some. It's burned through a square inch around the fuse base, which is totally gone. I highly doubt water damage, she was sealed and dry when I found it, and the other controller in the box was fine as well. Controller was in its 3rd year.

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Whole album of FB high-res photos here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.226301000781761.55775.149952898416572&type=3

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