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Best way to protect tools in humid garage?

Hello! I have a carport turned garage and it is nowhere near being sealed from the elements. When it rains water runs down the middle and there are a couple of places in the roof that leak if the wind is just right.

I was given a flex-volt miter saw for Christmas and I have been keeping it inside my house in the spare upstairs bedroom since the weather hasnít been nice enough to use it.

What is the best way to protect it from the elements besides just dealing a tarp over it when Iím not using it? I donít want to keep it inside anymore because it weighs 65lbs and my stairs are a deathtrap spiral staircase. The batteries will stay inside since it gets very hot down here in Texas and the garage has a tin roof.
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Can you fix the problems at the source? Patch the roof, find where the water comes from that runs down the middle, etc.?

Texas? I thought you were in Canada...

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Covering tools will only make rust worse. Moisture can condense on the tarp. Best is to fix the problems. Tin roof? Texas? Not the best situation for a workshop.
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A leaky roof is anathema to a work shop. Fix the roof by sealing the seams OR cover it with a strong tarp and tie it down. Unless you fix the roof, there's no point in any other preventative methods.

You could build a waterproof box within the garage to store your good tools, but you are fighting a losing battle without a proper building. Spray on 2 part foam is a good insulator and sealant, BUT it's expensive. Good luck on this.
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My shop is missing a wall. Within 10' from the outdoors I have a 12" jointer. I keep it covered with a canvas tarp when I'm not using it and wax the cast top often.
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Fix the roof then work on the other things. In the meantime wax or WD-40 on metal surfaces.
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I have a metal shed with roof condensation in the winter. Considering insulation with rockwool pads or insulating mat. However, my tools are not rusting.
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Can you put a dehumidifier in your shop? My table saw & joiner were in my non-heated pole barn and it was a constant struggle to keep them from rusting. I finally sold them and went to a smaller version that fits into my heated shop. Life is BETTER.

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Nice gift. I hope you enjoy the saw.

The best way to protect the tools that you keep in there is to prevent the water from getting in there. Seal the building. I doubt anyone has a simple fix for a leaky roof.

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