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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 04-01-2015 09:21 PM 1266 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And now I feel sick to stomach.
Went to my storage containers after 2 1/2 years.
They were sitting in country in southern Ontario.
Supposed to be air tight, rodent proof etc.
Opened door to first one. Dead mice laying on floor, old furniture stored inside. Some of it is okay.
Opened door to second one. Stored my lumber and furniture that needed repairs. SMELLS really musty.
The lumber on bottom looks like tiny piles of saw dust on end of each board. If I lived closer I would re-stack it.
Third container. The one with my table saws and other tools. ROOF LEAKED !
I had rubbermaid tub sitting on top of table saw, the tub was half full of water. Top of table saw is rusted all to !!!! “Think it is surface rust” Jointer is same thing. I did have quilted tarp over that one.
Why did I spend money and try to store this. After keeping them shiny and clean for 35+ years and now its pooched ? WHY ?
Deal was owner gets one container after 3 years, contents as well if I can’t find home for this “NOW CRAP !”

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 04-01-2015 10:00 PM

Certainly upsetting, but hopefully you will find that it looks worse than it is. The machinery probably is surface rust, hopefully the motors haven’t been effected.

The timber needs air, as you say, it needs re-stacking with battens between each layer, if you aren’t able to do it, is there someone who lives nearby who could do it for you, for a pint or two?

I would be more concerned with getting the containers watertight. The problem with using Containers is that there is still going to be condensation etc. with the change of the weather, they need airing from time to time. If there is no chance of you being able to shift the contents in the forseeable future, maybe now is the time to sell it off and cut your losses. It is heartbreaking to do, I know, under different circumstances, when I moved to Colombia, I had to sell off everything, I actually let friends do the sale itself, so I didn’t cry at the pennies I received for my tools, but at least it was better than giving them away. However you look at it, I’m sure it’s not ‘crap’.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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Tim Royal

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 10:00 PM

I am soooo sorry to see this. About 15 years ago I made a “storage error” and my wedding album was basically destroyed by mildew. Been married 32 years… she forgave me. Forgive yourself and it will be okay, in the end. Again, so sorry this happened… definitely not okay right now!

P.S. The above advice from Phil Bello is really good

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 10:37 PM

Thanks guys.
PhilBello, I did the same thing when I sold my farm 20 years ago. Didnt attend auction.
These tools were important, but they are just tools I guess.
I moved 3 years ago in a hurry, didn’t really have time to stack properly. Really didnt think about condensation at that time either. NOW I KNOW .
revrok….....I was the lucky one with the furniture. The mice ate my wifes Christmas doilies and runners. Didnt touch my old historical books and Bibles.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 09:34 PM

Auuuchhh crap.
Hope it turns out well at the end.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-03-2015 12:52 AM

Yuk! Sorry for you!! Salvage what you can and move on is all you can do now!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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