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06-25-2010 04:55 PM

My woodworking addiction only takes place in the garage. Weather in Missouri is rougher than you might think. Hey its in the middle of the country it should not be to hot and not to cold right? CRAP its hot. We get triple digit heat in the summer and minus double digits in the winter and humidity so thick you can bathe in it. My working time in the garage is cut down to 6 months if things go well for me. BUMMER!

Who, living in a location with both hot and cold extremes, has conquered this ?

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 05:00 PM

I live in what is generally known as a ‘temperate’ climate. Bull’. In winter my garage/shop is freezing (finishes won’t go off) and in summer I bake (glue dries when you look at it). In winter I block up all he gaps around the up and over garage door and bring in a fan heater. In summer I have everything open, strip down and if its really bad the fan (without the heat). I won’t say I’ve conquered it but its not conquered me, yet.

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 05:01 PM

I conquered it by moving to N. AZ. Arid, so no rust, temps in the summer are seldom above 90 and then for only a few hours. It does get cold but no where near minus single digits. Shop is easy to heat with a small wall mounted gas heater.

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 05:06 PM

I know what you mean pal.
Living in Chicago, I’ve gone from cold weather clothes to summer clothes in one day to be able to work out in the garage.
Now, moving to Florida, I’m “re-designing” a lot of my long pants to “work shorts”...LOL

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 05:06 PM

I have conquered this thus far by saving my woodworking for my retirement…. sad…. very sad… OR, when we get our own house and I can setup an A/Ced shop space, whichever one comes first lol.

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 05:12 PM

I live in central KY, where we have a term for humidity, liquid air. I run a 12,000 BTU window unit along with a dehumidifier. I’ve read that for every 15% gain in relative humidity, that will change the moisture content of a piece of wood by almost 2%. Well worth to $300 investment, if not for my comfort, but for my projects.

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 05:16 PM

In Fla. we don’t have to worry about the cold, but our six months of summer can get old. I have three fans of this type

One in the shop, one on my porch, and one in my van for jobsites. I said this type, I actually have the brand king of fans, the only difference I can see is they are less expensive. Hope this helps.

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 05:26 PM

I have a wood stove for the winter….fans right now for the summer (though they do not cool it down enough)....Usually in the summer, I can use the shop in the early morning (till it gets hot here too – high 90’s mostly but there are weeks to months of 100+) and evening when it cools – luckily we have a cool down at night here.

It certainly does cut down on my shop time though. I am working on putting in some solar cooling – going to try the passive system Dennisgrosen was kind enough to provide to me….underground pipes that cool the air (a simplistic description) – I have the pit started and the piping on hand….so will see what that will give me.

My shop has no insulation as it is a converted horse barn….but it does have trees around it that keep the heat down untill the afternoon. I will insulate and dry wall the inside when I can get the time…that should allow some more time in the shop….but I am not retired yet so will have to do the work during my “leisure” time for all this.

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 05:36 PM

Winter isn’t a serious problem for me. I typically heat with a little propane camping heater and it does just fine. Summers on the hot, sticky gulf coast however are another story all together…

To get my shop tolerable, I insulated the ceiling, and the overhead doors, I sealed up the garage doors with that foam rubber strip stuff, and then installed a 14K BTU portable Air Conditioner. Unfortunately I do not have the electrical set up to run everything I need to at once, so the AC tends to cool it off enough to get working, then shut down and run my tools etc…

I need a sub panel in my shop bad… So in my upgrade process, the sheet rock is coming out to do the sub panel and branch circuits, so I might as well insulate the walls at the same time right?

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#9 posted 06-25-2010 05:48 PM

Hey Spaids,
I tried looking at your shop pictures, but couldn’t figure out the answer to one of my questions. Is the garage and attached garage? If so, were all the walls and the ceiling insulated? It’s my understanding that all walls that are shared with the main living space in a home have to be insulated. The others don’t. Once I insulated the rest of my garage, it does stay much more temperate. I can usually work from about 9 am -1 pm before it gets too hot assuming a high of about 95 degrees for that day. the biggest flaw with my setup is a south facing garage and an uninsulated garage door. nothing I can do about that right now though. I have found that the insulation makes a much bigger difference in winter. It seems to keep some heat that leaks from the house.

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 05:49 PM

i feel your pain brother i live in misery(missouri) also and i aint conquered nuthin it is conqering me ..where you at i mo i am in the bootheel

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#11 posted 06-25-2010 05:55 PM

I have my shop in the basement, that’s how I conquered the Missouri heat.

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#12 posted 06-25-2010 06:04 PM

I live in north mississippi and am also stuck in the garage. Man the temps here are killer,(literally). Its so hot and humid that the utility companies have started reconnecting peoples utilities who neglected to pay their bills. I am using a coupla high velocity fans right now and it definatly helps but Im prolly going to clean the lawn mower shed out this weekend. It already has electricity so Im going to cut a hole and install a window AC unit. Im not to worried about lost energy as it will be an enormous improvement compared to my current conditions. This prolly doesn’t help you that much so I guess at this time I am welcoming you to come use my lawn mower shed anytime you want, haha. Good luck and stay hydrated.

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#13 posted 06-25-2010 06:07 PM

I know what you mean. Here in north-central Mass, it seems like I was just peeling my frozen fingers off of the cold cast iron surfaces. Now, I am dripping sweat all over those same surfaces.

I think that May 14 was the nice day this year :-).

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#14 posted 06-25-2010 06:08 PM

Fortunately, my garage/shop has central heat/air connected to the house. Stays comfortable all year. I’m going to close off part for a full shop and cut a vent in the side of the duct for the shop. Just think how the folks survived before central heat and air. How did we Baby Boomers survive those early years?????

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#15 posted 06-25-2010 06:09 PM

I certainly know how you feel…I live in North Texas and it’s been just around 100 degrees for the past 3 weeks, well above average for June…I am retired now so I limit my time in my garage shop to mornings only…Ron

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