I want to store some papers and some books in the house roof space and also
the garden shed. Being in the U.K. both places can get a bit damp.
So I thought I would wrap well in a plastic bag to keep out the damp, and
then put aluminium cooking foil around them (i'm told this would stop any
chewing into it).
Are these these the best things to do? Thanks for any advice.
I use bags meant for storage, of the type where you suck out the air
with a vacuum cleaner. Works a treat. Easy to open, take something out
and reseal in a jiffy.
I doubt that cooking foil works, having seen some of the things they
will chew their way through, if it suits them.
firstname.lastname@example.org (john westmore_______) wrote in
Many plastics contain chemicals which are destructive of papers over
the long term, and mice chew through walls.
Your local or regional historical society will likely have all sorts of
information and resources for preserving your documents.
For example, the Minnesota Historical Society has a number of papers on
the subject, available here:
Bert Hyman | St. Paul, MN | email@example.com
Another place that might be useful is your local comic book store.
Comic collectors are greatly interested in preserving their collections,
and a good comic store should have bags available that won't contain
chemicals that will damage paper.
On Wed, 9 Jul 2008 17:17:15 +0100, "john westmore_______"
I would not store any books worth keeping outside a conditioned space.
Moisture and insect damage could be extreme. A cotton rag soaked in a
copper sulphate solution and dried can be used to wipe several
thousand books to ward off mildew/mold.
Agreed, books and papers should be in conditioned space. But
understanding that sometimes you simply have no choice- go to the
military surplus shop or hunting supply store, and find some of the big
metal ammo cans with the gasketed lids. There are also decent plastic
imitations, but they are usually more expensive than the real thing.
Make sure to inspect the gaskets for cracks and drying, and lube with
vaseline as indicated. I have stored stuff in those for several years at
times, when my only choices were the dustbin or a friend's barn. Attics
will cook it even in an airtight container, so you want ground floor
storage if possible. If you are capable of doing heavy lifting, the
plastic shipping containers for electronic equipment, again with latches
and gasketed lids, also work well. Surplus shops often have them in
various sizes. The military has gotten very good at storing expensive
fragile stuff under crappy conditions, so the containers they use are a
good place to start.
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