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Old 02-14-2017, 10:57 AM
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Shed Moisture

I've did a lot of research on this and have an idea of what I need to do, however, I thought I would post my question on the forum. I'm sure there's a lot of knowledge and experience here that can point me in the right direction with less work.
I had a 12x10 shed built next to my shop to store parts in. The shed is a wooden, shingle roof and about 8-10 inches off the ground with no insulation. The problem is you guessed it, rust!! (I live in North Carolina)

I've considered a humidifier and I've considered buying a couple of buckets of Damp-X. I've been told the Damp-X wont work because the space is too big and I was read the dehumidifier wont work because a vaopr barrier was'nt installed when the shed was built. Does anyone out there have any tips or tricks as to how I can reduce some of the mositure? I put a ring and gear set on a shelf last week and I just walked out there and it's covered in rust.

Any suggestions? I was told to cover everything with WD-40, but I've looking for something a little more long term.

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I don't know anything about 'vapor barriers' but a dehumidifier does work. When its humid and you run that thing all day, its amazing at the water its collected and you pour out...,
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:58 AM
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Without insulation and a vapor barrier a dehumidifier will not be able to keep your space "dehumidified". It would be like setting it in the middle of your yard.
The ONLY way to keep moisture at bay in a building is to insulate it and heat it. Other then that you will be fighting a losing battle. Get some Kroil and oil down your parts if you can't heat the building.
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Thanks for all the responses. It's a small shed, so it wouldn't take much to insulate and heat it. Just lazy and didn't want to do the work. I guess I'm headed to Lowe's this weekend. Slap up a little insulation, some 1/4 OSB and put a little small window unit in the wall. I've seen some that heats and cools.
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Thanks for the response. The floor is wooden. I'm about to walk out and take a picture of the building. It may help me explain a little better.
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What about those little packets you get when you buy electronics and shoes and stuff? It's usually says "do not eat". Maybe order 30,000 of them? Just thinking...

I've used marine spray coatings before. Some mix with oil so no need to clean off but it comes off quickly and easily in the parts washer.
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In this part of the country the temperature swing during the day can be 30-40 degrees. A gear set will hold it's cold temperature long after the shed heats up and will sweat like a cold coke can.

I don't think you will fix this and would be better served to find a warmer, dryer place for heavy cast iron parts that have value.

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Someone actually suggested the Eva‑Dry E‑333, which is basically nothing more than those little packets. I've read several good reviews about it but it just seems too small. Also, I guess it would be useless if the building isn't insulated. Like I said it's a small shed, so it wouldn't take much to insulate and wall it in.

But I do have a question for hcompton in reference to the construction plastic. I was planning on throwing up a few rolls of insulation and then wall it in with 1/4 OSB. Were you suggesting I just line the wall with the construction plastic? I would think if I did that, moisture would get trapped between the OSB and exterior panels but I'm by no means a carpenter.

And I do try to keep as many parts as I can in my shop, which is heated and insulated, but space runs out quickly. The parts I keep in the shed are things that I may try to sale down the road or just the ones I think may be useful one.
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Thanks. I don't want to put a lot of time and money in the building so I'm thinking I will just oil everything down good and put in a exhaust fan. Thanks again for all the post. Sometimes I find myself spending more time trying to organize and cleanup than actually working on my car. Lol. I'm actually on-line looking at some solar powered fans now.
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I know its early Sunday morning, but hopefully someone is up early like me and can give me a little guidance. So I went and picked up a couple sheets of PolyPro EPS insulation and 1/4 OSB sheathing. I'm planning on insulating the shed today. My question is should the foil side face the outside paneling or towards the inside of the shed? Also should it be stapled to the studs or placed inside the studs. I've read there needs to be some spacing and the foil side shouldn't be in contact with wood because it can hold moisture and cause mold and rot. I know when I was picking them up from Lowes; there was a lot of condensation between the sheets. I hate to put them up wrong and have my shed rotting away and not know it.

My plan was to staple them to the studs, foil facing in and them cover with the OSB, but again, it seems from what I read that would be wrong. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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If it were my shed, I would lift it up to about 16 inches above grade.That will facilitate air movement and help to dry out underneath the shed.

Then I would put rain gutters on it and pipe any rainwater away from it.If it is setting above soaked ground, it will always have a source of moisture

Then the insulation,and vapor barrier.Then a dehumidifier.
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Its about 16 inches off the ground now on cinder blocks. And I am planning on running a dehumidifier. I'm just not sure which way to install the installation board.
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