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A Timely Reminder

After a couple of weeks with temperatures near the milder regions, the mercury seems to have dropped right back down again, tonight, with some light snow showers apparently forecast for the weekend… All these ups-and-downs can wreak havoc on any unprotected steel or cast iron in your workshop, particularly when the temperature rises after a cold spell and condensation begins to form. As you may recall, I had some trouble with exactly that a year ago, after putting some effort in to insulating the up-and-over garage door and sealing the surrounding gaps to reduce draughts.

Well, I’ve been a little bit fortunate this year… It wasn’t the condensation that hit my bobbin sander hard, it was the 2in hole in the roof!! 😡

It’s my own fault for not tidying up properly and putting things back in their place when I was previously in the workshop about a week ago. This wasn’t a very pleasing site to discover earlier today, let me tell you! There it was, just to the left as you walk in through the main door.

What makes matters worse is that, about a year ago, I did drill and cut a scrap of 4mm hardboard to sit over the bobbin and protect the table. 🙄

Let this be a warning to you all – look after your tools and ALWAYS take precautions for any occasions where you know you’re going to be out of the workshop. Even if it’s just over night; you can never tell exactly when it’s going to rain or, in particular, how hard it’s going to fall… We’ve certainly experienced a regular amount of rainfall within the last fourteen-days!

I appear to have run out of Shield Technology’s excellent Rust Remover Gel and, would you believe, my can of WD-40 is all out of puff (not good!).

Another tip for you, right there – always maintain the levels of your general workshop supplies as you would [should!] the amount of oil in your car’s engine…. 😳

Thanks for reading.

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5 responses to “A Timely Reminder

  1. Bongo 18/01/2011 at 22:59

    Oh no! It is always most upsetting to see things degrade so rapidly. A good reminder for us all. Shame you didn’t have the 4mm hardboard on, that probably would have protected it nicely. Looks like the rust will come off with a scrub though – that should warm you up 😛
    Cheers,
    B.

  2. Pink Toes and Power Tools 19/01/2011 at 02:47

    I wanted to thank you for your helpful comment on my blog about the cutting plywood post. It is hard to try and learn a skill with internet articles as a teacher, so I appreciate help from those with experience! Your project gallery is impressive–I aspire to your level of skill.

    It looks like most of your posts are above my head right now, but this particular one benefits even the likes of me. Good advice and something I will try to heed in my own makeshift workshop.

  3. yaakov 19/01/2011 at 14:30

    I have to keep plastic covers over all my major tool because I have leaks in my roof too.
    yaakov….

  4. JC 25/01/2011 at 13:45

    Hmm, I’ve had some trouble with my tools rusting in my garage. Have you tried anything like a dehumidifier? I’d rather not have an “active” solution like that – maybe there’s a better way.

    • Olly Parry-Jones 25/01/2011 at 14:27

      Hi JC,

      I haven’t tried a dehumidifier myself – purely because I don’t like the thought of leaving something electrical running while I’m not in the workshop! For power consumption though, I can’t imagine they’re as bad as a fan heater but, I could be wrong…

      One of the best potential solutions I’ve been given involves drilling the walls and fitting at least two air vents (ideally, one high and one low) which should aid the air circulation inside the workshop.

      Of course, this won’t prevent the leaking roof from having its own effect, which is why I have a series of machine covers for all my cast iron tools. These are apparently impregnated with some kind of ‘rust inhibitor’ but, I also wonder whether you could get good results in using something like a heavy-duty dust sheet and perhaps spraying the underside with a water-displacement spray, or similar… A dry lubricant, like PTFE, is also a good choice.

      In my experience, no amount of wax is going to stop a small puddle of water from getting in to that surface! 😡

      Thanks for your message.

      Olly.

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