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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 09-27-2013 06:18 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2013 06:18 PM

So I moved into a new home in June. My workshop is in my two-car garage which I share with my wife’s car. My previous home (townhome) was only a few miles away, had a one-car garage.
The problem: My tools seem to accumulate rust at a MUCH faster rate than they use to in the old house. It just stays more humid in the larger garage, which is also opened and closed far more frequently than the old shop. At any rate, I need a solution that doesn’t require weekly wipe-downs with an oily rag.
My tool collection is fairly large by some standards (the below pic is about 80% of my haul). I’ve heard that an enclosed, cabinet-style box will reduce the rate of oxidation. I also read, in an old-school book, that keeping a small bowl of turpentine in the cabinet will create rust-inhibiting vapors.
I’ll add that i do periodically wipe-down my tools with oil. I’m not religous about it, but they definitely get some love after use.
Any other tips that might benefit my beloved tools??

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#1 posted 09-27-2013 06:28 PM

How about running a dehumidifier ,there are some pretty inexpensive ones on the market .

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 06:33 PM

we keep a cheap dehumidifier running 24/7 in our shop as Jim suggested. we have the drain line going to the outside underneath the rubber gasket on the bottom of the drop down door so we never have to empty it. we live in North Mississippi, so we have a bit of humidity and this seems to work.

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 06:40 PM

for starters, keeping them hanging in the open on the wall is a big no-no if it’s in a humid area – an enclosed cabinet (wall mounted, or rolling cabinet) would help tremendously! you can also utilize one of those dehumidifying pallets once you have an enclosed cabinet for those tools to even go the extra mile.

I live in a fairly humid area (in summer) and my tools are practically rust free (those in the enclosed wall cabinet). I do put some beeswax on them periodically, but the enclosed cabinet is the big key here.

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 06:46 PM

A dehumidifier is probably the best solution for your rust needs. I keep one constantly running in my uninsulated 12×20 storage shed and it does the job. My workshop is fully insulated so I never have a rust problem in it. The humidity level stays around 30-35%

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#5 posted 09-27-2013 06:52 PM

I keep all of my hand tools in drawers under my workbench. One thing that I do is hang to the desicant bags that come with big ticket items ( I gleaned six 5”x8” desicant bags from our new mattress last year) the desicant bags go in the drawer with the tools and keeps everything rust free. I live in the uber humid part of NE Kansas so they are a big help.

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#6 posted 09-27-2013 06:56 PM

What A1Jim and Greg said!

I also run a dehumidifier all year long and never never had a problem with rust.


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#7 posted 09-27-2013 07:11 PM

I use paste wax on mine and keep them in an enclosed tool chest. Dust can be a contributing factor as well.

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 07:28 PM

I have a tool chest, contemplating making a tool cabinet, also use rust inhibiting liners. I have a dehumidifier but only use it in the summer months. Tools are wiped after every use. Big stuff gets waxed periodically.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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