I have a shop and a paint room that I don't usually keep under climate
control other than being attached to the house.
So, what to bring in, and what to leave out?
So far, I've brought in all the latex paints, and glues, and left out
pretty much everything else. The anticipated low looks to be around 5F.
I have the usual collection of odd products, is there something in there
that may need to be brought in?
You may have problems with some waxes and like formulations. If the are
emulsions, low temperatures may cause them to separate.
Some solvents never seem to be the same if they are exposed to low
My shop just spent its first winter in an attached garage after we
moved. So far the temperature has never gotten below freezing, even
though the outdoor temperatures have been down to the single digits.
Put a thermometer in your shop and check it every morning - you might not
have to worry.
In my old detached shop I brought in anything water based and all the
Not directly related to shop supplies but possbly of interest; I recently
discovered that leaving a laptop in a car overnight exposed to
single-digit F temperatures, it would not boot when brought inside
until it had warmed up about 20 minutes or so.
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
I just check the specification for my Toshiba C55-A5204
Temperature 5° to 35° C -20° to 60° C
Thermal Gradient 15° C per hour (max) 20° C per hour (max)
Relative Humidity 20% to 90% 10% to 95%
Altitude 0 to 10,000 meters 0 to 40,000 meters
(relative to sea level)
It is something we do not think about when we think about cold temperatures
ANYTHING water based, bring it in. Anything else you value and have
room for - bring it in. Lubricants (oils) and pure solvents are not a
problem. Any emulsion and many mixes can be. Rather safe than sorry.
Don't leave resins where they can freeze.
Anything liquid except gasoline.
BTDT, don't want to see the movie again.
BTW, it's -9F in Cleveland and 79F outside my window as this is
Stay warm people.
Brrr.. just went to take the garbage and recycling out. Wind is howling
about 25 mph right now..... we're a balmy 7f here, so I can't complain.
Almost took another fall on the ice, the other day my dog and I fell off
the steps in the back I could see some of the ice, but where I stepped
looked dry... the look on his face.., I am sure he said the look on my
face too.. as we both slid down looking at each other. I think it hurt
me more than him.
I remember falling on the ice while carrying a TV set, fortunately it was
way back in my younger days when I could more easily react to a situation
like that. I was able to sort of fall straight down onto my ass and
put the television on my lap to keep it from being damaged. Then I slid
on my butt, with the TC on my lap, down the somewhat inclined sidewalk
about 20 yards or so. The young lady I was helping saw the whole thing
and she was laughing her head off.
There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat,
plausible, and wrong." (H L Mencken)
It's not the cold but probably the wind and blowing snow. Clearing our
drive wasn't too bad, but as soon as I got to the neighbor's the wind and
blowing snow made things uncomfortable and possibly dangerous quickly.
Tonight, I spent an hour and a half clearing the ice rink in -8F
temperatures. The wind has died down quite a bit, so it's much more
comfortable out there.
It's currently 9F here in Atlanta. Howling wind. Mixed closings.
A few years ago, the threat of snow closed the city 3 days in a row, no
snow ever fell.
With that said,I'm at least looking forward to a sunny day tomorrow,
something that has been in short supply.
Much construction in the old south was not built with cold weather in
mind. If you have no insulation in the walls, piling it up in the attic
won't help much.
No insulation in the walls must be old construction.. even down south
insulation is added to keep it cool in the heat.
insulation in the attic is to keep the heat from the roof from getting
into the house. The attic cooks...
I think fiberglass, which was invented in '38, was the first practical
cavity insulation. Before that, usually wall insulation depended on some
fibre board and whatever R value the siding and cavity had. R3 was
lucky. At least the houses I've seen here that date from even the 60's
and 70's have nothing but sheet insulation under the siding. We are a
few decades behind the north in insulation, not so with AC.
Housing here is either mostly old poorly insulated houses (unless retro
fitted). Or late model condos and apartments, which are tight, but not
for people who do things like woodworking. Or they are McMansions (or
Mansions) which are so big and bloated as to be energy hogs.
It's taken me a while to tighten up my '29 home. Almost there...
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