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Old 12-15-2010, 08:01 AM
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Last, and probably least, since my roof insulation is modest, it provides a minor amount of assistance in helping prevent massive snow accumulations on the roof.
Interesting thought. I have to clear my roof a couple times, especially after a storm like we had last Saturday.

I wonder why the Metrodome came down? That telfon tarp couldn't have insulated very well. The snow should have melted as it fell and caused at worse, big ice damns on the roof's edge.
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I have a gas furnace that I use, I turn it on when the shop gets into the 50s, then when I go out to work I bring the shop up into the mid 60s. I think this helps fight that condensation problem. My shop is insulated and split in half with a curtain wall so that I can keep one side warm and the other a bit cooler.
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Here is my garage from my kitchen windo this morning........


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Holy smokes, that looks cold.

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That garage must be an under ground unit
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:32 PM
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I can understand you guys down south not wanting to spend money on insulation - BUT DO IT, up north here in Montana its not an option, but no matter what the temp is outside with a well insulated shop you can work all year around. It's all what you are used too, I know few years ago at Metal Meet I got down there and it was about 80 degrees and at least 900% humindity - I thought I was going to DIE! , up here we have about 15-30% humindity, I couldn't breath, but then 2 days into the meet a so called cold front came thru and it got down to 50 degrees and I was running around in shorts and a T shirt, I was in seventh heaven and everyone else was in two sweat shits and a coat. Thick blood verses thin blood I guess.
But back to the topic, I don't care where you are, insulate your shop, it not only keeps the temp even but it can help with the condensation from forming that so many of you complain about. Living up here I can leave a clean piece of sheetmetal out in the shop for a year without any rust forming, but down south you need to do anything to keep the huminidity at bay.
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Point taken about the insulation and heat. However, the question was:

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...at what temperature will you work in your shop/garage?
I guess what I was hoping to get was some insight as to what temperatures you guys think is 'too' cold to work effectively and what tricks you might have for dealing with it...other than turning up the heat. I hate to miss a day in the shop but I can't justify being miserable.
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Don't hate me but this weekend it was 86* here in San Diego. This doesn't happen very often in the winter so don't everyone pack up and move out here.
It was a great weekend! Did you by chance go to the Mooneyes car show on sat?
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I guess what I was hoping to get was some insight as to what temperatures you guys think is 'too' cold to work effectively and what tricks you might have for dealing with it...other than turning up the heat.
I worked outside in HVAC for a few years during our cold and wet Southern Ontario winters, and I recall dressing in lots of thin layers when it got cold out. This was better for mobility while I worked, and allowed me to easily shed a layer or two if I started sweating too much once I got going. Staying dry is critically important if you want to last a few hours out there.

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Old 12-15-2010, 07:27 PM
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Living in south eastern Michigan , and wishing to spend my tightly guarded dollars on tools and supplies not heat , I work in a insulated but not heated by any thing more than the concrete floor and the earth below it. I have been working on My new shop space with R30 walls and ceiling but ear again no source of heat other than my activities . In my old shop water seldom freezes in the winter . My artic insulated CarHardt overalls are my friend . I find it hard to send dollars up the chimney gone for good when spent on tools I will have for years not heat gone in hours . But this approach gets harder the older I get . I got into shaping metal in the cold after finding MM and being bored out of my mind by winter .
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