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Basement storage

WearyTravelerWearyTraveler Member Posts: 2,018 ✭✭✭

I moved into a new house. It has a couple of closets in the basement, on an outside wall. They appeared safe and dry, so I moved my toys in, closed the doors, and wandered off. When I went back after a couple of weeks, many of the guns and lots of leather had greenish powder coating. Moisture got me! I took everything out, cleaned and oiled and they’re now sitting on tables outside the closets.

Would a couple of goldenrods be sufficient to put my toys back in the closets? A circulating fan? Dehumidifier? All 3? There’s currently no electric in the closets but I can extend a receptacle from the other side of the wall. Suggestions are appreciated.

The basement is finished (HVAC) and pretty dry. So I’m thinking about 2 fans, one on top and the other on the bottom of the door.

thanks in advance guys!

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  • Bubba Jr.Bubba Jr. Member Posts: 8,112 ✭✭✭✭

    A dehumidifier will work. I just had to buy a new one from Lowes. It does a great job for the whole house.

  • hoosierhoosier Member Posts: 1,474 ✭✭✭

    Dry loc paint on the exterior walls. Helps to seal from Moisture. Seal the Floor too id concrete.

    I run a samall Eva Dry dehumidifier, draws out the water in the air. Has a small 1 pint container for condensation. I empty once a week ( depending on your location) Shuts off if capacity is full.

    Works for me in the Gun room at the Shop.

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  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 12,980 ******

    I have a portable dehumidifier I run in my finished basement. In order for me to keep my closets down there dry, I have to leave the closet doors open during those high humidity months. Not a big deal but something I had to learn the hard way.

  • Butchdog3Butchdog3 Member Posts: 447 ✭✭✭

    Dehumidifier is the only answer along with above preventive measures. Count you blessing you found the issue when you did

  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,515 ✭✭✭✭

    Yup ,Dehumidifier is the answer. Like someone else stated, I would dry loc the walls. I would also sheetrock and insulate the interior walls of the closet. All that moister from the walls and floor are really bad for those firearms. Buy a good one that has the built in drain, and place it near your sump pump, so you don't have to worry about it. Oak

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,001 ✭✭✭✭

    I have a $225 dehumidifier from Lowes. And that is what you need.

  • asopasop Member Posts: 8,803 ✭✭✭✭

    I have 2 in our basement. Drilled holes thru the slab along the perimeter (drain tile underneath) and attached a short piece of hose and ran them into these holes. Works really well .

  • Butchdog3Butchdog3 Member Posts: 447 ✭✭✭

    If you don't have a way to gravity drain to daylight you can get a small sump pump that will pump the water to a drain somewhere. The dehumidifiers will fill up quicker than you might think.

  • mac10mac10 Member Posts: 2,447 ✭✭✭✭

    70 pint during summer times ,during cold the furnace keeps humidity at next to nothing on my gauge,

  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,856 ✭✭✭✭

    Be sure to elevate your valuables with racks, shelving, or pallets. It's a basement.

    Some day you will have water on the floor; anything stored on the floor will be ruined. Be prepared.

    Buy a humidity gauge to hang on the wall; it doesn't have to be fancy. It will give you advance warning that your basement is too moist.


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