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Blog entry by Davesfunwoodworking posted 1981 days ago 1088 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to work yesterday and came home to a big mess. My house and shop was flooded out. I know this isn’t about woodworking, but it is about wet tools and alot of wet wood. I had about 3 inches of water in my shop. No pictures of that. Thats a good thing because I don’t want to see it again. But I will post a few of the creek that flows right behind the house. Only about 75 feet from are back door. Anyway any help on keeping rust from over taking my tools would be great. I know that a great big cleaning is now in order but what about motors, blades and everthing elss thats metal? What about cars and Boats? My house was not bad The kids stopped most of the water at the front door. My shop was hit hard. I think I am still sick. I went out to see how things are drying out. Not to bad some of my hand planes are starting to rust up already and most of the bigger tools are off the ground some rust showing up. Well Thank God its over. Just a lot of work a head. Well any Ideas would be great. Thanks Dave.
P.S. I think we had about 10inches of rain in about 3 hours or so. Alot of water.

Here is a few after the creek started going down. I missed all the fun when the water was all around my shop and house. To busy to take photos.

-- Davesfunwoodworking



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GaryK

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#1 posted 1981 days ago

Surf’s up!

Hope everything’s alright.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1981 days ago

yeah not fun at all. my previous apartment had a basement which I used as a shop – it would get flooded everytime it rained because of the location of the house – EVERYTIME. 3-6 inches. I’d go to work, and if it rained – I knew I’m gonna have a long night pumping the water out of the basement, cleaning everything over and over again…. not fun – we got out of that place ASAP. I still get the shivers when it rains (psychologically ill).

Is there anyway you can fend off against a future flood? or install a sub-pump to automatically start pumping water out when it reaches a certain level?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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joey

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#3 posted 1981 days ago

Been where are with my shop, try getting some fans in your shop an a dehumidifier if you can, something that help me was cotton towels, I but them over my machines to absorb moisture, tent them a little with a scrap piece of wood, don’t leave them there long term you have to change them with dry towels. just don’t leave them there. cotton will absorb moisture out the air instead of letting it condensate on the metal of your machines. I tried Vaseline, 10W40, but they were messy and more work to clean up than changing towels you can use old cotton bed sheets also. the faster you dry your shop out with fans and dehumidifiers the less rust you’ll get. Good luck
Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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Kindlingmaker

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#4 posted 1981 days ago

WD-40 is known as a water remover! SPRAY EVERYTHING and alot. Also Alcohol removes water and then spray with oil. Some items can be put in an oven at 120 degrees or lower and will heat out all the water then oil. Don’t forget that if you have an ait compressor that blowing out and off water will work fairly good. OH, Once I took the vent hose off my clothes dryer and used it to dry some very wet items. Good luck! PS make sure all the electrical stuff is dry and the heavily oiled ones need to have the excess oil blown out before turning on, (but not standing in the basement water! ; )

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Karson

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#5 posted 1981 days ago

I’ve had my basement floot about 7-10 times. not a fun thing. We had a sump pump but when the power goes out and it’s raining look out.

I’ve moved and I’m glad. We had a 15” rain here two years ago and the water never got to the house or shop. The ground slopes and it got to within 10’ of the house but then ran off to the neighbors.

Sorry for you problems. Do you have flood insurance?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Max

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#6 posted 1981 days ago

Sorry to hear about the flooding. I used to get flooded in the basement when we lived in Tacoma Washington. Not a good thing. Blowing everything off with your air compressor and then WD-40 will sure help.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 1981 days ago

For now if you can run a dehumidifier wide open for awhile with the room closed up. You can get the humidity down to 20% sometimes. They usually work quite well.

I nope you get things up and running without too much trouble. I’ve had things like this happen before. You see it without expecting it and get that sinking feeling, no pun intended. Good luck.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Vincent Nocito

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#8 posted 1981 days ago

Sorry to hear about the flood. Either WD40 or Boeshield T9 rust remover and protector. Use a few fans or if you have a some portable heaters/dehumidifiers. Be very cautious on restarting any electric motors that may have gotten wet. Sticker the lumber if you can and keep air circulating through the stack to prevent mold and mildew. I have heard of some people treating stained wood with a mild bleach solution in a sprayer to kill off any bugs.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1981 days ago

Glad you is ok! sorry water got in your shop is you ok?

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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cabinetmaster

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#10 posted 1981 days ago

Been there….......Done that. Ain’t no fun….............. Hope everything is OK.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Woodhacker

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#11 posted 1981 days ago

Sorry to hear that Dave…I have no other suggestions…all those listed above are good. Good luck with the clean up.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Sivers

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#12 posted 1981 days ago

I get some water in my basement shop, its built right into the rock. A couple of times it has been flood status. Had about 6” one time, it took about 3 hours for my sump to clear it out. Only advice is to keep everything off of the ground so it doen’t get totally soaked and run a dehumidifier.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 1981 days ago

DANG!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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darryl

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#14 posted 1981 days ago

That sucks man, soory to hear about it. back in 2005, we got flooded and ended up with 4.5 feet of water in my basement (also the shop). we were alerted to the flooding by the fire rescue trucks driving down the street and my nephew and father-in-law helped me pull the majority of my tools and lumber to the first floor before it was too late.

after getting the water out, I washed the walls and floor with bleach to kill what ever might have been there. haven’t had any issues with mold at all.

best of luck on a quick recovery!

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John Gray

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#15 posted 1981 days ago

Sorry about your flood damage.
I grew up in a house that had a creek about 300 feet from it and every time there was any type of bad rain storm the creek would overflow and the people down there, I lived on a hill above, would have to use boats to get in and out of their houses. After I grew up and moved away from home the house I moved to had a basement…...it flooded. Where do I live now? On the top of a hill with no basement…..a word to the wise.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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