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Old 03-03-2006, 10:00 PM   #11
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Gang !
Thanks for all you imput and information and experiences !
Great news and I will feel much more comfortable in the direction
(to the garage) I go !
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:25 AM   #12
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I have been storing ALL my model gear (20+ planes, all my electronics - from my JR 10X to all my chargers, flight box etc) in my unheated storage shed I built just for them. It goes from -40 F to + 95 F here, and it is quite dry, bone dry in the winter and not too bad in the summer. I have never had any issues with any of my gear - nothing rusted, damaged or problems with covering, etc. I think its 5 years now that I have had my shed as of this April.

If anything, I have found my batteries are lasting longer, my planes do not suffer from the seasonal wrinkles as they did when I kept everything in doors, and I have had a lot less damage since I now dont have to carry anything up and down stairs and through doorways in the house. Hangar rash was a killer!

Unless you live in a damp enviroment, I would say its as good or better than in doors. My shed stays dry and clean.

Its actually worse if you have a garage that gets heated sometimes, and then allowed to cool off again, since condensation will start corrosion and such.

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Old 03-04-2006, 01:38 PM   #13

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I do home construction and renovations for a living, I keep all my stuff in the garage with no problems. As stated above, the biggest problem is rapid changes in temperature, by insulating the building you will slow down the rate of temperature change, this is the same as piling leaves around the plants in your garden, they dont mind freezing, as long as they do it slowly and stay frozen, it's the quick freezing/thawing/freezing/thawing cycle that kills them.
The other problem is condensation, condensation is more prevailent in stale air, by putting in a ceiling fan you keep the air moving, thus reducing the chances of condensation buildup, regardless of the air temperature. If you do this and still find you have a problem with condensation, then invest in a dehumidifier, or install a bathroom exaust fan, and connect it to a dehumidistat.
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Old 03-04-2006, 04:40 PM   #14
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This thread is making me feel much better about the environment my planes are destined to find themselves in over the next few months. When I get to quit my job and move to the country the outbuilding that has been designated "the Hangar" will be unheated most of the time, and I was concerned about many of the same issues. This makes me feel much better about my plans for retirement to the country.
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