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I was wondering if any of you use any kind of dehumidifier?

I walked into the workshop today after a lot of rain and noticed a lot of humidity, to the point where some surfaces were damp. Thinking about hooking one up and running a hose right out the wall for it to self empty. Thoughts?
 

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My shop is in the attached garage. I leave the door to the house open. This is a raised ranch so two walls in the ground two above ground. I run a dehumidifier on this floor, at the other end of the house.

At one time I had the dehumidifier set to continually drain. The problem for me was the dust build up with the low water flow. Eventually blocked the small tube.

Also it was difficult to know if the unit was working.

I have had freon leaks in a few of the dehumidifiers. I now like to monitor the container so that the water level gives me feedback that the unit is removing water. Only takes a few seconds to dump the container.
 

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I ran one quiet bit in my last shop, it was in the woods and typically had some days in some that were just too humid. Worked well, the part I didn't like was the cost was as much as running my window AC (the dehumidifier was an older model). I did keep it covered with plastic when not in use to keep as much dust out of the working parts as possible, and I would harvest the condensate for use in dyes. No worries about mineral contaminants. The shop I have now doesn't seem to need it, so I wound up scrapping the dehumidifier.
 

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Hmmmm, humidity in SE Texas, dehumidify my shop?? :laughing::laughing::laughing:
Heck, tater chips don't stay crisp for long even in the AC around here.
Dave H
 

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Thanks for the reply guys. I think I might just run one and self empty it. The humidity has been bad here since it was in the 50's and raining one morning and jumps to 75 and humid the next. I sure don't want to be fighting rust all summer.
 

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I had a basement shop that actually had a creek running through it every time it rained. I put a dehumidifier in with a drain that ran out the door (the whole shop ran downhill to the door :) ). It worked quite well with one problem. It produces heat. So in the summer it did keep the humidity (and rust) down but I had to run fans and a small air conditioner to keep the shop tolerable.
 
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