I'm finishing my basement and will have to permanently move my collection o
f paint, joint compound etc, from (the climate controlled) basement storage
into the unheated stand-alone garage. To give an idea of amount, it's cur
rently stored on a very full 3ft wide x 5ft tall bookshelf in the basement.
I'll certainly get rid of the junk, but most is useful.
What do folks typically do to keep their paint and equipment from freezing
in an unheated garage... without risking starting a fire?
On Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:18:55 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Most paint is water based LATEX these days. There is NO risk of starting
Oil based paints are not supposed to freeze, but I did once leave a
gallon of oil based exterior paint in my unheated tool shed over winter
and in spring it was useless. (I never understood this). But even an oil
base paint should not be a fire risk as long as the lid is tight on the
You have little choice but to bring it indoors where there is heat!
Just dont put the oil based paints on top of your furnace or water
On 12/20/2015 3:18 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I recall reading a "tip" a number of years ago that might solve this
very problem. Author of the tip suggested that you take an old worn
out, non-working, refrigerator or, better yet, an upright freezer and
install a 40w bulb in a protective globe (you know what I mean, the
socket and bulb are within a glass jar and maybe that is protected by a
wire cage - at least, you get the idea of protecting it) and simply load
the shelves with your paints, varnish, etc. and during the cold weather
turn on the light. Supposedly that single bulb will be enough to keep
the interior temperature above freezing.
Perhaps because you didn't read the entire suggestion?
"...install a 40w bulb in a protective globe" (to lessen the risk of
breakage and so if it DOES break, it won't set fire to those steel
Also, can anyone tell us the three elements necessary to sustain a fire?
Okay, an easy one then... why are there laws requiring the removal of
doors from discarded refrigerators and freezers?
The three elements are heat, fuel, and oxygen.
Many things won't burn below certain temperature,
called the flash point.
This is why camp fire builders use ignition,
tinder, kindling, and then fire wood.
It's also why flash point temperature is listed
for many chemicals.
On Monday, December 21, 2015 at 10:39:44 PM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote
Hi, I'm the OP. I'm in the Northeast, so my uninsulated detached garage ha
s no guarantee to remain above freezing during a brutal winter. Thermocube
sounds interesting. I'm still very wary of rigging a low-grade heater and
plugging it in and leaving it unattended for weeks/months while it gently
warms a closet or container or old fridge full of somewhat volatile chemica
ls (i.e. paints), but I think what most folks are saying is my choice is ei
ther this, or find SOMEWHERE ELSE in the basement.
On 12/20/2015 2:18 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Useful for what? Paint isn't *that* expensive that you've got a sizeable
"investment" tucked away, there.
Capture paint swatches from each sample (assuming they are custom colors)
and write the name/brand/formulation of each on the back for future
reference. Go to store and have something compatible tinted when you next
need it. "Store" the dollars required to purchase it in the bank...
Paint certainly isn't _in_expensive any longer...last gallon of
"inexpensive" exterior latex I bought was over $30 and that was a "store
brand". The paint bill for the barn was >$8K; don't think I'll be
tossing the rest before we finally get around to finishing it up (and
that was w/ a decent discount from one of the box outlets a number of
years ago; would probably be 50% more now, at least).
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