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12-28-2017 04:39 PM

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Ok, unheated garage is just too cold to work in this week. Moving ops to the basement with very limited suite of tools (yes, I’m a power tool guy).

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#1 posted 12-28-2017 04:51 PM

I guess a lot of us are in the same boat. Illinois here so we have had the same great below zero weather here as you are getting. Just moved my little bandsaw into my extra bedroom so i can still do something with a power tool. Good luck till spring

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#2 posted 12-28-2017 05:40 PM

Thx you too. Stay warm. I hear we have more snow coming.

I hope to do some carving and try my hand at engraving this winter. Just finished up a work table with some old pipe legs I’ve been dragging along with me since ‘84. Stuck’em under a 30”x 72” 2×4 top. Should be good enough.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 12-28-2017 06:11 PM

can’t you guys run some auxiliary heat to your work area ?
I would be installing some kind of propane space heater, fireplace,
wood burning heater, or something. properly ventilated to meet code, of course.

and I had this one too in one of my shops – - -

aaarrrgggghhhhhh I hate the cold !! and will do whatever it takes to KEEP WARM !!


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#4 posted 12-28-2017 06:49 PM

My main work area is and unheated/uninsulated pole barn. Recently built a heated assembly/ finish room. I could deal with it to about 10°, but a couple weeks a year we sit well below 0°. Not fun.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-28-2017 07:01 PM

I haven’t tried it, but it seems like a good idea.

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#6 posted 12-28-2017 07:05 PM

Would have been a great Christmas gift. ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#7 posted 12-28-2017 07:21 PM

I’m in Maine. Temperature in the single numbers. I’ve got a monitor heater(K1 for fuel) It will heat a house but it took about an hour to get the temperature up to 60 today. And my shop is insulated!

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

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#8 posted 12-28-2017 07:38 PM

boy howdy, so glad i no longer live where winters are cold and wet and ugly.

Lived in south bend in, for a few years in early 70;s, couldn’t wait to get back to sunny az, whew.
good luck you cold weather folks, find a way to keep warm and safe
Rj in az.

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#9 posted 12-28-2017 07:59 PM

Hmmmm isn’t Maine in single digits BELOW zero? And as much as I’d love to be in Phoenix thr Better Half says no. She want SC or FL. I’ll die in the humidity! And my tool will rust too.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 12-28-2017 08:24 PM

-37 below this morning, woodstoves in house and shop.

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#11 posted 12-28-2017 08:25 PM


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#12 posted 12-28-2017 11:05 PM

Florida = rusty tools, warped wood, a “wet heat”, hurricanes,
heat waves, 18 foot pythons and monitor lizards in your back yard,
and TOURISTS with an ATTITUDE !!!
and now, my area is the official landing pad for 375,000 Puerto Rican refugees.

in June – I will be calling somewhere else “Home Sweet Home”.

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#13 posted 12-28-2017 11:59 PM

I just went out to the shop 68 degrees inside -4 outside thanks to my bigmaxx natural gas heater. It only cost me $10 extra a month. I would say for $120 a year that’s a good deal. My garage is 990sqft. has r19 insulation in the walls a r30 in the ceiling. The insulation was a great investment. Knockonit I love the Indiana winters it is only real cold for two months and not everyday during those two months.

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#14 posted 12-29-2017 12:09 AM

I have worked in that weather before fixing a broken power pole. Could only work for a few minutes then I would have to jump back in the truck and get warmed up again. Hands and feet go numb really fast in that cold of temps. Not good. Fuel oil will gel. Stay safe.

-37 below this morning, woodstoves in house and shop.

- Richard Lee

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#15 posted 12-29-2017 02:24 AM

Another reason I’m happy to be in Virginia. Seldom reaches single digits, and a day below freezing all day is unusual. (like today). 28×46 shop is super insulated and a 1.5 ton heat pump is all it needs to keep it warm. It stays at 60 deg. most of the time and I’ll bump it up to 65 or 68 degrees while I am working. The 10kw strip heaters come on at that point but only run for a short time.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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