I figured wood workers might be a good group to post this question to.
Was building an outdoor shed in our back yard. Had a lot of tools out
there. Foolishly trusted the weather man who claimed no chance of
We caught a pop of thunder shower today. Had all my tools for the shed
outside. Got rained on hard for 15 minutes. Wondering if there is any
advice on how to handle them. I dried them all off (
and took them inside). But was wondering if sraying them internally
with WD40 for its water displacement qualities would help - or any
Left out tools: framing nail gun, pancacke compressor, circular sawm
I've had the same thing happen to me a number of times. You'd think I'd
I suppose WD40 would work ok but I find it tends to gather dirt later on and
I probably wouldn't go that route.
If you need to use the tools soon, hit them pretty good with compressed air
until you are certain there is no water
in them. I've usually just used it as an excuse to relax a while while
they dry out!
You know, when you have water trapped in your ear after swimming, pouring a
little rubbing alcohol will cause it to dry almost immediately. I don't know
what effect it might have on the plastic parts but I wonder what would happen if
you poured some alcohol in them, then hitting them hard with compressed air?
little rubbing alcohol will cause it to dry almost immediately.<<<
The best thing I ever used to dry out wet ignition wires was either (diesel
starting fluid) that is available at most truck stops. You sure don't want
to fire things up until the either is completely evaperated. RM~
I'd SECOND that.
A few years ago I had a CIG "Little Beaver" Spray system. Kind of like a
vacuum unit. Anyhow it started to make some horrendous noises so I
pulled it apart cleaned out the dust and gave it a good spray of WD40.
Put it all back together and had a serious brain fart. Fired it up and
bloody thing near blew apart. Scared the living Christ out of me.
Needless to say, it was a good excuse to get my first real compressor.
Quietened it down though :)
I know this may seem silly but, why didn't you take 25 seconds to put the
tools under cover during the storm.
Why on earth just sit there for 15 min watching them get soaked?
Am I missing something here?
I dunno. When I get caught in the rain, which does happen (think
decking a house when a big storm is coming) and cannot stop, our tools
get soaked. Ditto when we go to a job and get caught in an unexpected
frog strangler while sitting in traffic (no doubt caused by rain).
We use WD40 on the nails, not on the tools. Try this: spray WD40 on a
piece of metal, and let it dry. It leaves a film behind. This film
attracts dirt, lint, etc. and makes it into gum on moving surfaces. I
sure wouldn't recommend using it on the tools, inside or out. My tool
repair guy can tell in a minute when the armatures or brushes are
gummed up that someone has been using WD40. That is why my favorite
gunsmith told me to quit using it on my shotguns.
Acetone, etc., will dissolve or etch most plastics. I ruined some of
my drill and saw cases as I was industriously cleaning off tar from the
cases and I noticed the plastic became gummy. Can you imagine what
would happen to the varnish on your motor windings if you did this?
As far as your nail gun goes, forget it. No harm, no foul. How much
water do you drain out of your compressor tank every day? We are
usually in for a few ounces, depending on the season. The point is
this: is you are using a compressor to power your nailers and sanders
and do not have a drying system of filters in place, they are already
exposed to a lot of moisture. If you didn't have a funnel to channel
the water into the housing, you should be fine. Many mornings in the
south where we have extreme temp changes and high humidity you can
actually see the condensation coming out of the exhaust port of the gun
on the high usage guns like roofing nailers and staplers.
So what to do when they get wet? We dry everything off as quickly and
completely as possible. If we have the compressor on site, we blow out
the tools till dry, have some coffee and get back to work. Ideally,
we dry with a cloth, blow them out, and then let them sit overnight
Never lost one tool to rain as you described... lost plenty to rust,
Turn on your oven at about 150-175F and place tools in the oven for an
hour or so, then allow to cool to room temp.
Heat does a great job of vaporizing water, if you don't over do it.
As far as WD40, like chicken soup, no medicinal value but hadn't oughta
Just shake them a bit make sure all the water is out. I do concrete form
work and we work in the sand and water. NEVER a problem. Left a pinner
(BOSH hammer drill) in an inch of water picked it up and started working NO
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