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Safe in the garage

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by SG85, May 18, 2013.

  1. SG85

    SG85 503 Member

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    I recently moved and now my safe has found a new home in the garage rather than in the house, my moisture monitors in the safe are jumping with the humidity. I have 2 small dehumidifiers in the safe but they can't seem to keep up with the nw air. Has anyone added anything to the edge of the door to keep moisture out or should I just be shopping for a large dehumidifier for the garage?
     
  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    In the past I had to put a small lightbulb in and just keep it on all the time. Mine was a 15 watt and it worked great!
     
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    Soren Beaverton, Oregon Active Member

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  4. SG85

    SG85 503 Member

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    The heat off the bulb was enough??
     
  5. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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  6. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Interested in this since I also am considering putting a safe in the garage. Was wondering about moisture problems.
     
  7. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I have two safes in the garage, use Goldenrods in both with no problems. I also have the rechargeable Remington ones for backup but I don't think they are really needed. Mine don't sit directly on the concrete which may help.
     
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  8. Kevinkris

    Kevinkris Aloha Well-Known Member

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    may help to add a barrier between the safe and the concrete. would be a cheap way to reduce the moisture some but not much. also increasing air flow in the garage will keep moisture down a fair amount, would help with keeping all the items stored in your garage in a better environment.
     
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  9. SG85

    SG85 503 Member

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    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  10. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    If you use those dehumidifier 'packs' make sure they are scent free. The ones I bought at Costco made my safe contents smell prettier than a $20 prostitute.
     
  11. theflyguy

    theflyguy Beaverton, Oregon Member

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    Before I moved into my current home I used that expoxy coating for concrete floors. I put two coats on the concrete before I moved anything into the garage. I have cast iron tools in the garage and not a sign of rust on them. The expoxy coating makes a solid barrier between the tools and the moisture that can come through the concrete.

    Works great for me...very happy.
     
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    BVB PDX Active Member

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  13. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Internal temp of my safe was 79 degrees! Zero moist problems.

    I hate the packs, I always forget about them till its to late!
     
  14. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Guy at the range helping me sight in - "damn dude, who has been holding this rifle, a stripper?" hahahaha
     
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  15. Kevinkris

    Kevinkris Aloha Well-Known Member

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    thats nothing, should have smelled my grampa's garage locker after he mistakenly locked a mouse in it. :fart2:
     
  16. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    For $20 I'm thinking it smells like walmarts version of "summers eve"
     
  17. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a good idea, you better stock up on bulbs though. They'll be harder to find than a plastic shopping bag in Eugene soon.
     
  18. Armchair Operator

    Armchair Operator Beaverton Active Member

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    I have my safe in the garage and had high humidity when I first placed it there. Here's what i've found to work well to regulate temp and humidity:

    1.) Some sort of dehumidifier (i use a Eva-Dry Renewable Mini dehumidifier that i have to recharge once a month)
    2.) I took a 1/2 inch roll of foam weatherstripping and lined the door frame of my safe
    3.) Bought a cheap digital humidity/temp monitor on amazon

    Since taking those steps there is only a 3% swing in humidity year round (45-48%)

    -AO
     
  19. sapper77

    sapper77 Linn County Active Member

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    I think there is a lot of options. No matter what you do however, you will be battling humidity. I"ve used several different things and found the Browning dehumidifier rod to work the best. In the winter I hung one of the Remington rechargable dehumidifiers as a back up. In the end I ended up moving it into the house.
     
  20. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    I run an 8w bulb in each of mine. It seems to be enough.

    Do not use Dri-Z-Air in a safe.

    Keith