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Woodknack

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 06:44 AM


Like I said, if you insulate, use a vapor barrier.

- Rick_M

I thought you stated that you have insulation, dont have a vapor barrier and you don’t have moisture issues. In rereading I saw you still recommended a VB, why is that if you have success without it? My shed is an inch or 2 off the ground up front and about 8” in the back.

- SamV

I could have probably used more words but basically
insulate = vapor barrier
no insulation = no need for vapor barrier
The vapor barrier is not for your tools, it’s for the structure. It prevents condensation inside the walls where warm meets cold. Sometimes people complain that the drywall in their shop gets mold or mildew, that’s probably because of condensation. Skipping the VB might be fine in a building that small, I don’t know what your plans are for heating it. A space heater will work but if you run it all the time it will be expensive compared to a heat pump. And if you only run it when you need it, there is a risk of condensation when the air cools down again. Any gas heat will introduce a lot of moisture.

I suspect that my shop being all wood and uninsulated helps regulate the humidity inside as I have no rust problems but many other woodworkers in the area do. Or maybe it’s because I’m off the ground and moisture can’t come through the earth into the shop. Or probably both. The downside is my shop is cold all the time and a heater is barely effective. So whatever tradeoffs come with insulation, I would take them.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/


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