Shop temp hit 100 today :(

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Blog entry by CaptainKlutz posted 05-17-2014 12:19 AM 1909 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s about that time here in sunny Arizona. Happens every May, and lasts till late September.
My garage shop hit the 100 degree mark this afternoon while I was working on some trestle legs for a dining table.
Definitely time to start working early mornings when it is ONLY 80-85 degrees.
Cleaned up and took this picture before I decided to hide in the air conditioning.

Please don’t say it is a dry heat. it is NOT dry heat when you’re sweating like a pig wrestling 8/4 lumber around the shop by yourself.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 12:56 AM

It IS a dry heat! Come to Oklahoma when it’s 100 with 90% humidity! Visitors from out of state can’t breathe but I’m pretty well acclimated to it. It’s the cold that I can’t tolerate.

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 01:27 AM

5 years in Tucson followed by 20 in Houston. You can use a Swamp cooler and it cools off nicely. May cause moisture problems though… I dare you to try a year in Galveston or New Orleans…

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 02:39 AM

Didn’t make it into my shop today but the temperature started pout at 35 degrees this morning here in Omaha. I don’t like 100 degrees either but I’m ready for a little warmth. We had one 96 degree day last week and I went and bought an window air conditioner for my shop. I haven’t put it in yet but hope to this week. Stay cool Captain.

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 02:56 AM

Some of your heat escaped, CaptainKlutz.

It’s been close to 100, with about 15% humidity, here in San Diego for this entire week. Those conditions are unprecedented here in May. Massive wildfires haven’t helped things, especially for those of us with respiratory problems. Thankfully, there’s a drastic cool-down predicted over the next few days.

Having just experienced 100 degrees, would you please call this heat back home to Arizona, CaptainKlutz?

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 03:00 AM

In AZ you could use a swamp cooler, but not Houston. Too humid. I’m in North Texas, not quite as humid here. I have plans to put an 8,000 BTU window unit in my shop but I just bought the house and doing all I can to equip the shop, let lone another 2-3 hundred for an air conditioner. My shop is partitioned so I would only need to cool 1/2 of it (just under 300 sq ft). Fortunately I have a lot of trees and the shop is well insulated.

I have never been to AZ but my best friend lived there for 5 years. He said at least back home (which was North Carolina at the time) when the breeze blew on a hot summer day it felt good. There (in AZ), when there was a breeze it was like opening an oven door!

Say cool :)

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 03:07 AM

I lived in Tucson for 3 years, 3 months and 1 day….but then who counts. It got hot there every day. I will say the phoenix area got hotter and was more humid. Tucson was 104 to 108 most summer days but the humidity was 3%. I am from Oklahoma and didn’t even know the humidity could get to 2-3%. My hands dried out and cracked. It is a different way to live. Work smart.

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 08:46 AM


Almost as bad as QLD in summer!

And any body who says its just the humidly rather than the heat, gets to test the saw stop !!!

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#8 posted 05-17-2014 10:19 AM

I rarely have 100 degree days in the shop. But I have worked when it was “0” in the shop. I will take the heat.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 05-17-2014 10:50 AM

First thing I did for my shop build was cut a hole in the wall and install an air conditioner! Knoxville, TN

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#10 posted 05-17-2014 02:34 PM

I beat the heat. Needed a new cooler for my shop. The cooler was leaking badly so I decided it was time to replace it. Called my cooler guy. Measured, he called around. No cooler that size available. He said no problem, just cut the framing. $800 later my shop was cool. 500 for the unit, 300 other parts and labor but it was worth
every penny.

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#11 posted 05-18-2014 12:10 AM

100 degrees is hot no matter what the humidity is. With summer coming on I am looking for an AC unit to mount in the wall. That said I have fairly high tolerance for heat, but the cold chases me inside, under a blanket, in front of the TV. I have to ask, “waht is a swamp cooler?

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#12 posted 05-18-2014 12:38 AM

A swamp cooler is basically a fan with some water misters around it. It cools the air by using the cooling power of evaporating water. It works pretty well when the relative humidity is low, if the humidity is high they only move the air around as the water doesn’t really evaporate very well.

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 12:44 AM

You might want to go here for a good explanation:

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 01:57 PM

I’m hoping that the lady that sold me my new shop building was correct when she said “The HVAC unit works in this one”

It USED to be a portable classroom at an Atlanta area school. NOW it’s gonna be my new shop!

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