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10-11-2013 06:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tool care humidity absorbant moisture absorbant

Hi guys.

Please, I want to know your opinions and thoughts on the following:

In a chemical products store I puchased a bag of SILICA GEL (it’s not expensive), I’m pretty much sure you have seen those little bags with the legend “DON’T SWALLOW”in the pill bottles, well, I made some of these little bags with silica gel for myself.
Since I couldn’t get the appropiate material for the bags I just bought packaged garlics which provide the perfect material I’m looking for, that is, I used the plastic nets that serve as a bundle.

The pics help me explain better. Now, I plan to make several little bags with silica to store them along with my tools in my tool cabinet.

Does anybody have experience with this? How can I know if the silica is absorbing humidity?

Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 08:07 PM

It only works in confined space. Like in a container, box or bag.
The drawer in a tool cabinet may work okay, but it really depends on how often the drawer gets opened and for how long.
They make similar things for silver storage to keep it from tarnishing. It always depends on how sealed the storage is.

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 09:26 PM

I keep the small bags from meds, etc. in my tool chests.
Every so often, I pop ‘em in the oven on a low temp. for abt. an hour to dry ‘em out.
Has worked well for me for years.

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 09:41 PM

I’ve had excellent success with this in drawers and cabinets. A nylon stocking works well as a container.

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 10:35 PM

They work, but you have to re-juvinate them now and then. They can only absorb just so much moisture and then they stop their protection. You know that the gel is working if your tools are rust free. Depending on how humid your area is, you may want to place them in a low heat oven after 3 or 6 months of use.

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 03:23 PM

I live in a very wet climate here in south western Norway. I don’t heat my insulated shop in summer, but I have heat on in winter. Strangely enough, none of my tools ever rust. I have to admit that I find this strange, especially in the late spring, summer and early fall months when the heat is off. I haven’t been oiling my plane blades, chisels or other stuff either over the last 17 years. It surprises me a bit about others having rust problems. I guess those shops are unheated and uninsulated. It is an interesting topic though, since so many have rust problems.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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