We have a garage and lots of good storage in the Garage attic.
The Garage is mostly insulated, there is a bit of air leak at the
garage door seal and the ceiling is mostly insulated. In the
garage attic there is no insulation on the roof side. As just moved
in, I am not sure if it gets cold enough to freeze in the attic.
I am trying to avoid having fumes from chemicals in the garage,
especially since the garage is attached to the house. We don't keep
any chemicals in the house, just non toxic type of cleaners. We
don't have any outside shed, but I was wondering about storing them in
the garage attic. Would the fumes move back down to the garage?
Or I assume that it all depends on the type of chemicals. I am
hoping that fumes mostly travel up and would escape through t
Is there any webs sites out there that would explain some of these
issues? I would think gallons of paint are safe if they are closed
properly. I would also assume oil is fairly safe. But I have
other types of chemicals that I am concerned about like, verso & paint
thinner, aerosol spray cans, gasoline, wood stain, wood deck sealer
etc. Any ideas?
Well, yeah: the first that springs to my mind is a question: why would
you have *any* "fumes" from your stored chemicals? If you've got fumes,
you're doing something wrong, like not hammering on the lids of paint
cans (I see that all the time), not screwing on caps tightly, or just
plain storing them in a sloppy, unsafe manner.
If your chemicals are properly stored and looked after, there should be
no problem storing them in the garage (assuming you also observe other
common-sense precautions, like not storing flammables anywhere near a
source of flame like a water heater, etc.).
"Wikipedia ... it reminds me ... of dogs barking idiotically through
endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
I agree that if stored in original containers there should be no fume
problem. Storage under ambient conditions is recommended for all
household type chemicals or pesticides that I know of and freezing or
overheating can cause decomposition, so storage in the attic is out.
Agreed and I'll add, my concern wouldnt be fumes but heat. That uninsulated
attic if he's in the south is going to exceed safe temps for aerosol cans
Because my garage (attached, not insulated but house on that wall is) is
quite hot in summer, we got a simple storage locker on the screened porch
for such things as gasoline and spray cans. It's vented and in the shade of
the porch. Designed for this type of use, we drilled in a few more vent
holes. We dont have many things to store in it, but the garage is hotter
than the porch. In winter, we move the stuff to the garage.
Rubbermaid I think it is?
Some move down, some move up. I would store them where they are more
accessible in case of a spill or something. It would be easier to clean.
You can always put your chemical cabinet near the edge of the garage and
have a vent on it to the outside.
That is for flammables in an occupancy that is not really designed for
it. (no explosion proof containment for the electrical equipment,
dampers on HVAC etc)
It is also the reason why I keep all my fuels out in the shed.
This is triggered by the amount stored. Your secretary can keep a
little bottle of fingernail polish remover in her desk but if you had
gallon or two of the stuff (acetone) you need that cabinet.
Fumes do not factor into the storage location if the containers are properly
Physical integrity/environment of the containers is really the only factor
to consider: heat, protection from damage, rust, etc. That is, the type of
storage is determined by its effect on the chemicals or the chemicals'
containers, not the chemicals' effect on you.
I keep gasoline, pesticides and propane in the shed 50' away from the
house. I built a little cubby out by the pool for my pool chemicals.
Regular cleaning chemicals are in a cabinet with a child lock in the
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