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#1 posted 01-13-2018 01:42 PM

I don’t think I would worry too much about moisture. Your heat will take care of it in the winter and your window unit will take care of it in the warm months. The problem with moisture in a small shop like you have, and you can see it better with a humidity gauge, is that you get the place all down to 50%, open the door one time to go inside and see the meter jump to 75%-80%. I would not worry about moisture barrier in a shop that small for this reason.
How far is the run from your sub panel {you said sub meter? What is a sub meter?} to the source {your main panel in the house?} Verify that the proper gauge wire was used for the distance covered. Often these things are wired by the previous home owner and he is probably not an electrician. There are a lot of well meaning folks out there that know enough to get themselves or others into trouble. He could have wired it too light and what he was doing worked fine, now you set up some machines with a higher demand and run into trouble. Double check.
As far as dust control, on an outside unit you are going to need a plumbed air intake in a room that small, unless you use a self contained style DC.
I live in southern Maryland and our climates are probably identical. My shop is 30X30 steel building and I use a window AC unit mounted permanently in the wall. I don’t know of a heat pump that is “cheaper”...maybe cheaper to run, no argument…but cheaper to buy? Doubt it, then there’s a floor space issue for the handler. I use a self contained dust collector that I roll around and hook to each machine. Permanent plumbed in outdoor units are nice, but the cost goes way up and on a 12X12? The only reason to put it outside would be the limited space. I think I’d built a little dry vac “shack” outside and run a long hose thru the wall. Best of luck!!! Check that feed line.


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