For those that reload in New England


September 1, 2011, 07:31 AM
I currently live in Mass, :what: and I'm moving to the next town over. I currently reload with a press and powder measure screwed down to a piece of wood that I C clamp to the coffee table in the living room . I dont want to setup and take down everytime I reload, so I want to set up a bench but need a location.
I have 2 options in the new house. I can set up in the garage ,not climit controled, but I have heaters. My other option is the unfinished basement. Its kind of dank but I have a dehumidifier. The walls have been waterproofed and has a wall to wall area rug. Im leaning toward the basement because it will be cool in the summer and winter but the garage will be hot in the summer. What do you guys think?

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September 1, 2011, 07:54 AM
Living in MA myself, I prefer to reload in the basement. It gets way too humid in the summer to reload outside essentially. I do however cast as much as I can in the summer outside so that I have enough bullets to reload in the winter. Don't waste your time trying the Garage unless it is your only option....


September 1, 2011, 09:41 AM
Hopefully that piece of wood that you bolt to the coffee table is now not a piece of drift wood!!

Hope you guys are alright. I have a buddy in Killington. VT and he said it's pretty rough up there.

September 1, 2011, 10:44 AM
I'm in CT and I reload in my garage located under my first floor of my Condo. Not climate controlled and I use a heater in the winter. Its definitely humid in there as I get water leaking through the foundation back wall in heavy rains. Most all my dies have surface rust and even press parts made of steel. I keep a good coat of oil on all the presses and dies and clean the dies every 6 months or so. I wish everything could be looking shiny and new but I'll live.

September 1, 2011, 10:58 AM
Actually, reloading in the garage isn't too bad. It's only going to get to 109 here in Phoenix, AZ today. Right now it's 89, almost sweater weather.

September 1, 2011, 11:33 AM
Definitely the basement. A more stable range of temperature and humidity ranges.


September 1, 2011, 11:35 AM
Dehumidified basement, my basement is the driest room in the house. Small space heater in winter if you need it. Garage is a PIA in winter.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
September 1, 2011, 11:43 AM
If you are running a dehumidifier in the basement to keep the moisture level below the point of having cold water pipes dripping, then definately reload in the basement.

I am further north than you, however, even in MA, I would not expect a garage to be a fairly-constant temperature and humidity on an all-year-round basis!

If your basement is damp enough during summer months that cold water pipes drip, I would definately run a dehumidifier until that dripping stops, then set it for that humidity. Another thing, some people think if you open basement windows (even those small, higher-up ones), they will dry out the basement. It will, in fact, dry out the basement ONLY if the dew point is proper (relationship of humidity to temperature) -- HOWEVER, with this being said -- on very humid days, that warm, moist air entering the basement turns to water whenever it hits anything below a certain temperature inside your basement, even the concrete basement walls and the carpeted concrete basement floor!

This type of moisture many times is what causes major mold and mildew problems in homes! It is essentially raining in your basement when the surfaces are all cold yet there is hot, moist air pouring in!

Myself, I have a lot of electrical tools I must store in my basement as I do not want them out in the uncontrolled barn environment as things would rust in no time. My basement is dry as a bone, year round. Summer, due to the dehumidifier and winter due to the major boiler heating system located in my basement! So, naturally, for me, the basement is best!

Hondo 60
September 1, 2011, 02:10 PM
I, too, would choose the basement.
It's too hot in the summer & too cold in the winter to spend a couple of hours in the garage.

September 1, 2011, 06:09 PM
I have no choice. In the winter on a warm day my garage is right around 10 below 0 and outside temp can average 48 below. Garage not heated. Gotta love Alaska.:eek:

When i lived in Maine i started out in the basement, no problems. Than i moved everything up into the attic. Only to keep all of my kids friends away from it. They had their own game room in the basement and i played way upstairs.

September 1, 2011, 06:23 PM
I would also use the basement. The dehumidifyer will control humidity and the temperature will be relatively constant which protects ammo, loading componets, and equipment.

September 1, 2011, 07:09 PM
When I lived in S.D. I set it all up in the basement. The dehumidifier took care of the excessive humidity, so I never really had problems or concerns of that nature. But in that respect, I also had central AC which kept the basement very dry and cool in the summer. During the extreme winter months, and I do mean extreme, having central heating kept it so I could still maintain a very comfortable enviroment to work in. If you don't have heating or cooling in your basement, you might consider buying an inexpensive window unit for heating and cooling, it will not only make it more comfortable to work in, but also helps to nearly eliminate all of the humidity when your down there. I don't like to expose my powder's and primers to humidity, not even for a few minutes.
I also considered the garage, but quickly revised that thought after my first year of living in the extreme seasonal enviroments.

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