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My workshop is an all steel kit I built myself. This presents advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage I am in the middle of overcoming is the sweating that occurs when the temperature outside is very low and the furnace inside is on. It will literally rain condensation down on me and my tools. I considered many options and settled on a foil coated bubble wrap type insulation. I spray on a glue and roll out the insulation. It’s not cheep nor easy but, it’s working. I have completed about one-third of the interior walls and ceiling on the North side. It just so happens the North side of the building was the worst, and since the installation of the insulation, the North side no longer rains down on me. Can’t really do any more gluing till the weather gets warmer.

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 07:15 AM

Hey Dave,
Progress pics would be nice here.

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 01:01 PM

I will work on some progress pictures as soon as I can. I like the idea and I can take you and myself back to the start of building my shop. (It’ll make me feel better about how far I have come!)

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 04:56 AM

I looked at the photos first, and was wondering about all that Reflectix… That is an expensive way to insulate for sure. I believe the sweating is caused by lack of proper ventilation to the building. A friend put one of those up a few years ago, and he had the same issues. I believe he added vents toward the top of each gable to blow out the moist air…

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 08:33 PM

Yea, the reflex is outrageously pricey but, I considered a lot of options and because the building flexes under snow loads, and because I like the reflective quality to help with lighting, its what I decided to do. The glue is expensive too. As for needing ventilation, I do appreciate the advice and I will try that. I have already bought several small round vents that can be installed in the gable ends as I figured ventilation was part of the problem. I still think it’s more than just ventilation but, I am definitely going to put the vents in now that you made the point. If you know of a better way to insulate, I’m all ears. I don’t really think the reflex will be adequate but had to do something. Thanks for the post, Your shop looks great, I like that it’s got walls that can hold screws, shelves, and dust collection assembles. In the woods that I live in the all steel building was a good fit, no paint, and no worry about mice and such getting in and making a mess.

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