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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JO JO, Jul 7, 2011.

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  1. JO JO

    JO JO Member

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    how many people load indoors, I was thinking of relocating my reloading set
    up to a spare room in the house, garage gets hot in summer and cold for
    winter, I load rifle, pistol and shotgun ammo, so any opinions on if its safe
    to load inside as for as health issues and safty. I will keep the tumbler use
    to outside.
     
  2. mdi

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    Some folks have concerns about spilled powder on carpet being vaccuumed up and lost primers. I'm not one. I think if you reload in comfort, you would be less likely to make mistakes. I had a portable "bench" I move into the dining room during the winter. Made from a WorkMate that folded up and components were transported from shed to dining room in a plastic shoe box. Everything could be hidden easily and the wife was OK with that...
     
  3. Blackrock

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    Indoors is great for reloading. I pulled up the carpet and put down ceramic tile in the smallest edroom. Painted and decorated to my taste and created my Man Cave. Got computer and TV and a lot of room.
     
  4. swiftak

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    My sons old bedroom. All my stuff is in there. Wood floors with no carpet so spillage is just swept up.
     
  5. Hangingrock

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    I load in the basement. Refurbished pervious owners work bench and added a section so the work bench is a “T” configuration. I up graded the work bench area with the addition of electrical power switches, ground fault outlets, power strips, and overhead lighting. A dehumidifier was installed in the basement to reduce the potential moisture related problems. I designed a simplistic water deluge system for the powder storage location.

    Finally last but not least installed smoke alarms and a fire extinguisher for the obvious reasons.
     
  6. MrOldLude

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    I clamp my the base of my press to my desk in my office/computer room. If I had to load in my garage/shed during the KS summer and winter, I'd quit reloading and buy factory ammo again. Truthfully, I'm more comfortable storing my reloading gear inside, away from major temperature and humidity fluctuations.
     
  7. Capt Roy

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    I use a spare bedroom with no carpet and tile floor... I do all of my reloading in comfort. I also have my safe, a small work bench, all my fishing gear, and lots of shelves, TV... yes it's a real mancave..

    My wife is more than picky about the room and bought all the shelves and cabinets when I retired and even my reloading bench is a finished cabinet with a 1 1/2" butcher block top. I keep everything neat and that keeps her happy..

    About those dropped primers.. Boy I am careful.. I could just see one run through a vaccum..
     
  8. natgas

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    My office is also my reloading room; have everything right here that I could possibly need (except a range to shoot)
     
  9. BADUNAME37

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    The basement, make sure it is dry and monitor any static.
     
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  10. Revolver218

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    Another plug for the Workmate. Add a short piece of 2x6 on the top for added support, lower the legs, place a portable table in front and to the sides, a chair and you're good to go. Very portable and sturdy.
     
  11. codefour

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    The garage heat is a killer

    In my area of N. California, it is not uncommon to have 100 days with 100+ temperatures.. The garage gets very hot, even hotter than outside. But all the bedrooms are used by my daughters.

    Next house I buy will have an extra bedroom for just reloading. A seperate man cave with a hard wood floor and hopefully a solid foundation to hold the 1500 lb safe.

    I wish I could move my benches inside someday. I bought this house before I started reloading...

    I had to move my Thumler's Tumbler inside though. The little motor was running smokin hot in the garage heat. The indoor A/C helps it run at normal temps again....
     
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    I use a spare bedroom for my reloading. The floor is carpeted but I regularly vacuum with a small Shop Vac that has a paper bag filter installed in it. The disposable bag catches all powder granules and primers before they are passed through the motor/fan assy.

    Regular disposal of the bag is all that's needed.

    I also guard against powder spills and chase down any primers that might be dropped. A small price to pay in order to load in a comfortable environment.
     
  14. Cherokee

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    Basement. Don't spill powder, don't drop primers. Concrete floor, standing mats, lots of electrical outlets and lighting.
     
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    Up here in the Great White North, it's almost impossible to reload in the garage or a shed, unless it's very well insulated & temp controlled.
    It's too hot in the summer (well over 100 in the garage) & too cold in the winter).

    I have my tumbler in the garage, but all the rest of my reloading equipment is in a spare bedroom (74 degrees right now & not humid :D ).
     
  16. 1SOW

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    Attached garage, South Texas, HOT in the summer.

    The insulated garage had a freezer alcove that's now cabinets and shelf above and drawers and cabinets below the reloading bench. I have a small fan mounted at eye level where I reload to blow the sweat out of my eyes. My woodwqorking and welding equipment fill half, and my wifes car fills the other half.

    Not much of a man cave, but it's mine--mostly.
     
  17. Sunray

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    "...health issues and safety..." There are none. No need to tumble in your garage either. Load wherever you have the space.
     
  18. Jesse Heywood

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    A long, long time ago I reloaded in a metal shed in Kansas. It didn't take long for me to quit. Too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter.

    This time I made a setup in the basement. Computer on a big desk next to a loading bench. Concrete floor and I do it all in a padded office chair. Even have a tv that I can watch the races on when I'm not loading. Makes a great escape from the war department.
     
  19. dickttx

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    I have a new reloading setup in a corner of my garage, which is about 2/3 basement (2/3 of garage is underground). I can go out in the morning and load as it is not too hot. About 11:00 sweat starts running so I close down till the next morning. Would really like to have a place in the house, but just not room there.
     
  20. amlevin

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    Unless the wife catches you spending too much money on your hobby:what:
     
  21. REL1203

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    I used my basement office (which previous held a futon, my desk (big ikea one) and my safe. I pulled the futon, and built my bench around the space i had, and couldnt be happier... I was originally gonna put it upstairs in a spare bedroom, but it has carpet, and didnt want to deal with that (plus its hot up there on the 3rd floor). My basement is now basically my entire level with my office, then my theater room and utility room
     
  22. jleyring

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    I use a storage room in the basement with tile floors so i can sweep up any messes
     
  23. oneounceload

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    Current house is too small to reload indoors, but I keep components inside until I reload - it can be a PITA here in central FL starting in May, even with 2 ceiling fans and 2 floor fans, 100+ is 100+.

    If you are going to reload indoors and IF carpet has to stay, get yourself a large enough area rug that you can take outside once in a while to shake any powder and other debris out onto the lawn. If you are using a swivel chair, get the hard plastic floor mat to reduce static electricity and maybe install a small "static eliminator" (or whatever they call it) that folks use around their computers to avoid static

    If you are in a basement where humidity is an issue, then a dehumidifier would be helpfull
     
  24. HK SD9 Tactical

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    Spare bedroom in my house. Air conditioned, natural light, linoleum flooring so there is no issue with either primers or powder. Can't do it in my shop outdoors, just gets too hot and too humid so I decided that inside was best. Only one under 18 left at home so with 4 bedrooms, I decided to 'capture' one for my office/reloading room.
     
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    Spare closet.
     
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