Any "Why-Didn't-I-Think-Of-That?" De-humidifying tricks?

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Forum topic by RobertStix posted 05-19-2013 04:05 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2013 04:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humidity de-humidifier indoor summer humor

Hi. New here and I’m hoping somebody else here has had the same problem I’m having; humidity control without a) heating the room to Death Valley levels or b) buying portable de-humidifiers.
The scenario: I’m doing an indoor remodel in several rooms of our home which will require a variety of primers, paints, water-base and oil-base stains and topcoats.
Summer is coming to Northeast Iowa. 60-80% humidity is the norm. We don’t have central air.
My tiny shop stays in the 40-45% range because I leave some sawdust on the floor all the time and have left some of the old rafters exposed and unpainted to absorb humidity. an indoor sawdust layer isn’t an option as we have a toddler and we’ve already been to the ER once because she learned how to turn doorknobs and the first one she turned had a pile of sawdust under the (unplugged) table-saw and she sat down and looked up. Eye-washing a toddler is like giving two cats a bath in a toilet.

Anybody got some simple tricks?

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 04:58 PM

Nope….I ran out and got a portable de-humidifier. I keep my shop about 40%.
Totally worth the investment.

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 05:07 PM

You think sawdust controls humidity?

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 06:03 PM

Where’s your water heater? Is it electric?

If it’s close to this area and electric, get one of the new hybrid units which uses a heat pump—- it will pull water out of the air while it runs (you’ll need to run a line for the condensate drain).

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 06:08 PM

Here are some options. You could buy a bunch of the buckets and stache them, May work out while you are working, but you would quickly approach the cost of a dehumidifyer if used regularly. Then you can get that sawdust up. Don’t think it is a bad prob in Iowa, but here it starts growing all kinds of stuff quick, and can fill the shop with bad spores and such. Keep it clean.

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 06:18 PM

You could also contact Newton Hoenikker and see if he has any of that Ice-9 left. ;)

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 02:05 AM

Portable dehumidifier is the way to go. My shop here in Maryland is the same way but I have no rust on my tables and no wet lumber. Very very worth it.

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