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Reloading area, shop or house ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tggdeer, Jan 11, 2009.

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  1. tggdeer

    tggdeer Member

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    In my home , it's not always peaceful. In my shop it's always peaceful, but, since I live in georgia there is a problem with humidity.Where should I locate my reloading bench?
     
  2. Uncle Chan

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    My setup is in the spare room off of the livingroom. I tumble downstairs or outside if the weather permits. The only real noise is the drill from using the Possum Hollow case trimmer.
     
  3. Idano

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    I took up some space in the garage. I built a small reloading room approximate 6X8 around the furnace and hot water heater. By adding an extra duct th room stays at a consistent temperature. Of course this is only an option if you have a deep enough garage and a short car like my my wife's Mustang.

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  4. benzuncle

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    tggdeer, welcome to the forum. Living in Flahduh, I can relate to the humdity thing. My solution: I set up my Man Cave in one corner of the Warden's sewing room! She has 6 machines; I have 1. It works for us. My bench is a sturdy shelf unit that measures 20in deep x 48in wide and 6ft tall. I store everything on it I need to reload including my tumbler which resides in the 5gal bucket on the shelf over the loading bench. I tumble my brass in the utility room.

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  5. PotatoJudge

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    I don't plan to ever reload where there's not climate control. Had enough of that.
     
  6. Galil5.56

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    My God, I can't imagine reloading in a room w/o AC to cool and reduce humidity. I'm dying when temps go above 80 outside, have lived in GA (Ft Benning), visit FL a lot, and it's like a furnace after May. Heat/humidity is very distracting for me, so to be safe I have to have the area comfortable.

    I reload in a basement where it stays around 58 in the winter, and about 70 in the summer with a dehumidifier. More power to you deep south folks who can deal with those temps and swamp like humidity for months on end.
     
  7. oneounceload

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    I live in FL - heat and humidity worse than GA. I load in my garage - I keep my powder ni a closet until I'm ready to reload - open the garage door, side door and turn on the ceiling fan I installed, and it's not too bad
     
  8. pmeisel

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    Mississippi here....

    My press is in the shop with all my other tools. Humidity doesn't seem to bother anything that is regularly used or lightly oiled. My bigger problem was that while unpacking from the move, the reloading press box got left in the yard with some trash for several weeks. Took several weeks more to clean up the rust and get it back in condition, but it's fine now. Did have to pitch a couple dies that were in it.

    I definitely like the peace and quiet of the shop, and it gives you an excuse to go someplace when you were about to say something better left unsaid.
     
  9. dagger dog

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    The humidity problem there in Georgia can be bad, we have it here in the Ohio river valley, every thing kept outside in a unheated or unairconditioned garage must have some type of rust protection and hummidity control (dessicant packs etc.)

    I elected to move my reloading, shooting stuff inside ihave a area 11ftX8ft which is about 1/2 of the upstairs of our old farm house. Summertime I have a 10,00 btu window unit running, which just does keep it reasonably comfortable up there when the summer time temps go into the high 80's-90's with humidity in the 80-85% a lot of the time. Heating in winter is convection through an open stairwell from the liliving room hallway we heat with wood with fuel oil back up.

    Even with this kind of control I have to use a dehumidifier (Gunslick Goldenrod) in the bottom of the gun safe to keep the rust down, my powder is kept as suggested in a wooden locker with 5 lb cans of dessicant dried out in the oven when it becomes laden.

    Primers are stored in ammo cans with dessicant packs along with loaded ammo.

    Press rams are kept with aerosol silicone and covers.
     
  10. lgbloader

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    I live in Long Beach CA and I must say that the weather here is very pleasant 90% of the time. Nothing at all like living in Central Europe where you have extreme 4 season weather (although I do miss it at times).

    My Cave is in the garage although it has spread into the house.

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  11. Galil5.56

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    Just a tip, but one of the best anti rust agents is Lee Liquid ALOX bullet lube. It's basically the original Ziebart rust inhibitor, and when lightly smeared on bare steel will protect like almost nothing else. It is extremely long lasting, bonds tenaciously, can not be washed away with water, and until removed with solvent it's there for life.

    I apply it to bare parts of the press, blued surfaces, etc, and it is phenomenal. Applied to a blued CW allows it to even prevent rust with perspiration contact, as I proved last summer. Try it and see for yourself.
     
  12. possum

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    welcome to thr, i am in Ga as well, i have my shop outside, that i just recently go power run too. :) anyway i do all my reloading out there, however i do not store primers and powder out there. as well i empty my powder hopper after i am done, so as to not leave any in there overnight.
     
  13. 257WbyMag

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    There isn't any space in our house to put the bench inside so it is out in the garage. I keep my powder in the bedroom closet and the primers on the top shelf of the linen closet. I have a single stage press and weigh all charges. I prime and do the powder handling inside the house with climate control and then I seat bullets on the bench in the garage. Summers can be tough to be out there in the garage in August!
     
  14. tggdeer

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    thanks guys

    Have not made my mind up yet, but, leaning towards inside my house.
     
  15. rfwobbly

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    Just bring it all over to my house. It's nice and quiet since all the boys left!

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    Since you already have a peaceful shop, why not install a window air-conditioner? They don't HAVE to go in a window - my shop has one mounted through a wall.
     
  17. AF_Reloader

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    "I don't plan to ever reload where there's not climate control."

    An excellent point that I think got passed over a little bit. If your reloading area is uncomfortable (too hot/cold, crappy chair, etc), you're going to be focused (at least partially) on these little annoyances, NOT the reloading process.

    Just an opinion.
     
  18. rondog

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    Mine will be in the basement, after some remodeling work and a whole buncha crap sorting/removal gets done.
     
  19. pmeisel

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    The annoyances I am most worried about talk to me or ask me why my mother doesn't treat their children as well as their cousins. A little climate I can deal with. That, of course, is personal to me. YMMV.
     
  20. D. Manley

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    Shop for me. I deal with humidity too (Louisiana) but my shop is insulated with a couple of through-wall A/C units with heating elements as well. I got worried about the humidity and bought a big dehumidifier finding to my surprise, while it runs higher than inside my home it's not nearly as high in the shop as ambient exterior levels...bottom line, I seldom run it. I think the fret over powder is overkill anyway...if it's in sealed containers it's well..."sealed", regardless of humidity. I think rust prevention on equipment is a more relevant concern and I have an awful lot of shop tools in addition to my reloading gear and other than on a few things (Lee dies come to mind), rust is fairly easy to control.
     
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