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Posted: 6/4/2010 12:49:29 PM EDT

I just finished building my gun room.  Now, how do I keep 100 sq
ft dry?
This ?










Are there better options?




Link Posted: 6/4/2010 12:58:33 PM EDT
Maybe a bucket of damp-rid?
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 12:59:24 PM EDT
I'd go with a big bucket of DampRid. Works well.
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 12:59:32 PM EDT
More details.
Is it in a basement or above grade?
Did you build this in an existing house or is it new construction?
What are the walls made of?
Is there a ceiling?  What is the ceiling?
Where are you located?
What is being used in the rest of the house to heat/cool?
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 12:59:37 PM EDT
I'll just Tag this for suggestions

I have a 110 sq. ft. cement room that is just waiting for a Vault door.
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 1:00:56 PM EDT
Not enough info.



I would use an actual electric dehumidifier if I needed to manage a space larger than a safe or closet.


Link Posted: 6/4/2010 1:03:44 PM EDT
do you have a roof over it yet?
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 1:04:30 PM EDT
First, buy a hygrometer.  Walmart has them for not much $.

Then, find out what the optimum humidity is for firearms.  Too humid, stuff rusts.  Too dry, wood cracks.  I'd start with 50% as a baseline.

If it's too dry, get a humidifier.

If it's too humid, get a dehumidifier.  I'd put in an incandescent bulb near the floor to help circulate the air if you aren't using a dehumidifier and choose some type of desiccant like Damp-Rid.
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 1:05:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SperlingPE:
More details.
Is it in a basement or above grade? basement
Did you build this in an existing house or is it new construction? New house, it was supposed to be a cold storage roomWhat are the walls made of? cement
Is there a ceiling?  What is the ceiling? osb, but it is under the cement front porch, not sure what is between the osb and cement
Where are you located? SE Idaho
What is being used in the rest of the house to heat/cool?  nat. gas heat  


I'll answer these questions for suggestions on my room
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 1:06:49 PM EDT
Move to California.    Normal humidity is about 30% year round inside my house.  Great for guns not so good for cigars.
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 1:23:18 PM EDT
You want to maintain humidity around 35-40%, so get get a gauge installed in the room (and go from there).
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 2:09:53 PM EDT



Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:


Not enough info.



I would use an actual electric dehumidifier if I needed to manage a space larger than a safe or closet.



I added it to the existing structure.  It is brick and gypsum siding on the house half and insulated OSB built on top of a short cinder block wall.  The ceiling isn't insulated yet and is connected to the soffit around the house.  



I am in Mississippi, so the humidity is rather high.  





Hygrometer is inbound.  



 
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