Perhaps I should mention that I grew up and worked in Northwestern and
Central Ohio, for some of those years as a frame carpenter.
Those were not "southern t-shirts & shorts" winters. Try it. It does help.
By the way, back then, thinsulate did not exist. I never quit working until
the temp fell to -10, or more than 6 inches of snow.
Why do you think I moved here?
Last year I bought one of those ceramic element heaters that you mount
on a propane tank and that seemed to help alot. I don't think I paid
more than about $30 for it. There is an issue with ventilation but my
unfinished garage/shop is far from airtight.
Dad always taught me not to heat the whole outdoors. It's hard to pay to
heat a shed with absolutely no insulation.
I might do it anyway though. :)
My interests wax and my interests wane, but I've been in the shop every day
since the middle of June, and it's only getting better. I think maybe I'm
finally going to stop waffling and focus on one thing.
At least for now. :)
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Menards and other "borgs" sell 0 degree fluorescent fixtures, only they
will be at least twice as expensive as the typical "shop/garage" lights,
watch for sales on them about this time of the year..., Menards had them
for 1/2 price a couple years ago, thats when I bought a bunch for the
new garage, and the basement workshop..
FJ Shepley & JM Pfohl wrote:
I have some cheapies., When first turned on, they are a bit dull, but as
the fixture and the shop heat up, they brighten to normal. If it is too
cold for the lights, it is too cold for me so it has not been a problem.
They do have a fixture for cold climates, but they are expensive. Mostly
they are used in reefers and walk in boxes that are cold all the time. I'd
at least try a couple of standard fixtures before spending big bucks for an
upgrade. Cold temperature fixtures (-20 degrees) start at about $80. You
can get the same light for about $20 from a standard fixture once you hit 50
Ed, you got to the core point . . .
When I can't feel my hands, it's time for coffee and the books or computer.
'Buzzing & Blinking' until the chill comes off and the little 'scrapeater'
woodstove warms up I can live with.
At about 35-40 degrees the 'finely measured & cut' wood will move when it
gets to 'room temperature', the glue won't 'set' properly, epoxy & varnish
'curtain' with the very extended curing times, and my butt gets cold . . .
which hinders my thinking processes !!
If it is too cold for the lights, it is too cold for me so it has not been
You can get the same light for about $20 from a standard fixture once you
I live in the foothills of the Cascades and it can get down to 20'F here for
a few weeks a year. When the temperature in the shop (garage) gets below
35'F, I leave my lights on all night. Florescent lights use very little
electricity. I have four Lithonia T8 4-tube fixtures I got at the Borg for
$60 each. I would guesstimate it would take 5-6 seasons to recover the cost
of the 0-Degree fixtures not including the additional cost of the tubes.
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