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Old 04-27-2018, 07:29 PM
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Mothballing a Molly

I'm taking a break from glass which may turn into full-blown retirement from it or only temporary.

My studio is in a small bank barn with a tendency to be, if anything, more humid than the outside ambient air (if you know bank barns, only one end, the entrance is really above grade).
I don't want the Control panel/transformer to suffer from this humid air (oxidation of contacts etc.) so should I just hang a 25 watt bulb in the control cabinet to chase down the humidity or should I bite the bullet and leave the thing on with the set point somewhere around 100-125 so some heat is generated to reduce humidity in the cabinet?

I expect the mothball period to be roughly 6-7 months and the summers here in Michigan are quite humid.
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:31 AM
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the lightbulb and about a pound of dry rice in a bowl. Check the rice regularly.
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Old 04-28-2018, 08:57 AM
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the lightbulb and about a pound of dry rice in a bowl. Check the rice regularly.
I agree 100% with this. the transformer can sit without worry.
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I was going to suggest a bunch of silica gel packets and a light bulb.
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Old 04-28-2018, 10:43 AM
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All great advice. If you go to a store that sells safes they sell very large desiccant canisters that turn colors based on their saturation level. When it saturates all you have to do it is put it in a low oven for a few hours to re activate it.
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Dri-Z-air.
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Old 04-28-2018, 11:22 AM
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Dave, look for a PM.
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Old 04-28-2018, 01:25 PM
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Lowell, Dri-Z-Air is great for closets, storage lockers, and the like, but it creates liquid so may not be good near electricity. They can also be a hassle to maintain over time. And then you're always buying more packets, too.
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I keep my tools in a suitcase and they tend to sit for months at a time. I put one if these in there and check it every once and awhile:

https://www.amazon.com/Improved-Eva-...D5J3YWFM0XEHSG

Just plug it in to dry it out again.

This is a larger one:

https://www.amazon.com/Improved-Eva-...8WFJPWBRCWR2S9
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Thanks guys, all good suggestions!
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