Sticky cable (was Re: UK1010

Jules Richardson jules.richardson99 at
Mon Jul 21 07:28:48 CDT 2008

Pete Turnbull wrote:
> On 21/07/2008 10:04, Roger Holmes wrote:
>> On a related subject, the mains cable of my UK101 has become sticky 
>> where it has been in contact with expanded polystyrene for many years. 
>> Has this happened to anyone else and does anyone know if this is a 
>> chemical reaction?
> I've seen this often, especially on equipment stored in expanded 
> polystyrene shells.

Yep. Acorn mains cables in particular, for some reason! Like you say, it can 
be removed pretty easily - I've even just peeled it off in a long strip in 
some cases.

The lesson seems to be to never put anything into a polystyrene shell without 
bagging it first.



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