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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a cool idea for those cold work shops. This guys shop is similar in size as mine. I don't need to insulate the floor, and my door is insulated just like his. Apparently he lives a few miles north of me.

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Overnight, it got down to 25 degF here in the Houston area.
But thanks to insulation and a mini split AC w/heat pump, it is 65 in the shop today.
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Mike I have a small heater that at this time of year I leave on all the time. It's been really cold for the past couple of nights (single digits) and the lowest it's been in the shop is 53*. I also have another small heater that I can turn on during the day but I am afraid to leave it on all night. It really don't get all that cold here but if it does it only last a few days.

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I was wondering if he was going to address the garage door. Looked like a lot of hassle to do imo .

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Family and friends thought I built my shop with a bit of an overkill, with the insulation and sealing that I did. But I've got the last laugh! I live in south Louisiana, so my shop was built more thinking for
hot summer weather, as our winters, NORMALLY aren't so bad. (This year, Winter got the last laugh! LOL). Anyway, after Katrina did some minor damage to the back yard (2 rows of shingles on the house, knocked a pecan tree down, and destroyed my small metal garden shed and my larger old wooden work shop, I took what money my insurance company gave me, did most of the work myself and saved $4000. I then took that $4000. and built my 10x16 new garden shed/workshop. I few years later I added 4' to the length, to get the garden equipment out, and use the 10x16 just for my shop. But the original 10x16, has three layers of extra tar paper (left over from the new shops roof) in between my subfloor and 1/2" plywood floor. The pink insulation in the walls and ceiling. And all corners and seams of my 1/4" birch walls and ceilings, are sealed with silicone. In the summer, it can be 98 degrees outside, its MAYBE 75 in the shop. If I was just to sit down, in the middle of the summer, I wouldn't break a sweat. But since I work in there, I've got a small window unit. Turn it on low for a little while, and you can hang meat in there!! Winter, it's 29 outside, right now, I bet it's no colder then 50-55 inside. I have a small electric heater. 5 minutes, and I have to turn it off! Money well spent!
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If I win the lottery, I'll either insulate like he does or sell my WWing stuff and buy a new truck and RV, load up SWMBO and the puppies and say, Adios! More than likely, it will be the latter.
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I live in a cold climate in Quebec Canada just west of Montreal. My shop has just a concrete floor and my garage door is an old solid wood door that is not as cold proof as a new metal insulated door and I have a ceiling mounted electric convection heater and I keep my shop around 60 degrees F and it doesn't cost me much at all. The trick to the garage door is to have proper weather strips all around to keep the cold out. In this region homes are built and insulated for this weather and unless you have an ''old house'' that is not up to code, then you don't really need all that stuff. I wonder if he has a dehumidifier for his shop, that would help keep his tools from rusting. My table saw has an aluminium table, it won't rust but you can't use a magnet to hold things. I own a motorhome and learned when I bought it, that you can buy little bags from the RV store that contain something that absorbs the humidity, so I bought some for the motorhome and some for my tool chests.

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Dan, you can buy silicagel in buik on Anazon pretty cheap. One kind turns color to remind you to dry it out in an oven or microwave. Only change I'd consider is using 2x6 in walls so I could increase insulation to R38. I also lined my garage roof with bubble wrap style radiant barrier. My shop shed walls and roof are lined with the stuff. Very effective. A tremendous reduction in heat getting through. Smart moves!
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I keep Damp Rid in my gun safe. It draws moisture in a container. Dump it and renew the crystals. Might be worth a try. If it is real damp, then go with the humidifier. Used one in the basement of a house in KY- worked great as my tools, office, etc. were there.
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