My shed is a little damp & often in winter after a mild spell we get a cold
snap, any exposed metal surfaces get a thin film of frost especially
circular saw blades, metal bases etc, bringing them somewhere warm then
results in wet tools, since wrapping them I have not seen another rusty tool
in the shed, I also do the same for my hand saws, garden shears & other
similar items. Only takes a few seconds to wrap them up...come spring I just
toss the old papers away.
As far as powertools go just bringing them in from extreme cold to warmth is
enough to make condensation form on all the cold metal parts, under some
conditions a very light duty tool such as a dremel or other multitool with
ultra fine field & armature windings & push together field contacts &
switches can short out quite easily just from condensation. Heavier duty
tools will probably not be effected at all & the condensation will evaporate
as soon as the motors components warm up slightly.
On 17 Nov 2003 12:09:00 -0800, rob email@example.com (rob) wrote:
A problem I encountered was not so much severe cold, but a cold front
coming through. Moisture condensed on the cast-iron tables and fence
of my almost brand-new jointer and it had a coat of rust the next time
I saw it.
Took some steel wool and elbow grease to clean it up. That was 30
years ago, but I still remember it. :-(
Rodney Myrvaagnes NYC J36
"Wanting to meet a writer because you like his work is like wanting to meet a
duck because you like pate."
On 17 Nov 2003 12:09:00 -0800, rob firstname.lastname@example.org (rob)
I live in the Yukon where it gets to 40 below zero (ackshally to 87
below, but that was only once and a long time ago). My only advice is
to avoid licking your tools when it's very cold. :-) Oh, I've also
heard that steel gets very brittle somewhere around 40-50 below, but I
have never experienced metal failures due to that, so it might not be
Hot humid weather and a cool garage are much more likely to be
damaging to your tools than cold (Rust). As long as your garage is
warmer than outside (even by a degree or two), you should be OK.
Also, solid phase H2O is an excellent wood glue, stronger than wood
and easily reversible. The procedure is the same as with hide glue .
It works really well as long as the temperature stays below 0 degrees
Celsius (32F). :-) In other words, keep your wood relatively dry so it
doesn't stick together.
I also haven't had any problem with cordless battery tools left in the
cold shop, but they are Milwaukee and Bosch, so YMMV.
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