Is there any benefit to leaving the doors to the shop closed on
especially humid days? Here in central New York we've been
experiencing some rather humid weather (70 to 80% and higher), but
today was deemed by the boss to be too humid to open the garage doors
to allow for a little x-ventilation in the shop. Does this theory
Well that humidity sounds a bit dry compared to Houston. I seriously doubt
that closing the doors changes anything unless you are relative air tight
and use an air-conditioned to remove the humidity.
The humidity does not pose a problem unless you have humid air coming in
contact with cold iron.
I don't have a rust problem and my tools are exposed to 90-95% humidity more
often than I can keep up with.
Actually, his reasoning was that the humidity would cause too much of
a change in the moisture content of the wood or something to that
effect. In light of the fact that the garage doors are opened and
closed at least a few times a day anyhow, I was a bit skeptical of his
rationale. Oh well - at least I now know for when I own my own shop.
Now that you've posted this questioning the boss' authoritah you need not
come to work Monday.
Signed your boss, Cartman.
BTW, you might wanna examine the relationship of your boss' office and
the spray booth and/or the finishing supplies locker. Me thinks some
fumes are leaking out.
It sounds to me to be like closing the barn doors after the horse
escaped. Perhaps you should suggest climate control to the boss if
he/she is concerned.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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I'm in S. Jersey and it has been very humid here. While the thinking of
some seems to be overly dominated by concerns of rust, I can say that in my
shop the last couple days, keeping the doors closed has made working more
comfortable. My shop is insulated but not cooled and provided I have a fan
running and enter quickly through the man door, I seem to be able to keep
some of the humidity outside making it more pleasant to work. Even with the
fan running, once the doors are opened, even the overhead ones, the shop
gets hotter and more humid. On the other hand, the effect only works until
about 2 in the afternoon. The shop roof is shielded from the sun by the
adjoining structure but by 2 p.m. the sun is beating down on the roof taking
away my advantage. Then you have to open the doors regardless - or take a
It ain't scientific but that's the way it works in my shop. YMMV
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