Storing Gear In The Cold Garage
Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:21 PM
Posted 03 November 2010 - 09:03 AM
Just for yucks, it was 21*F at my place this morning! Bring the snow!!!!
Posted 03 November 2010 - 10:07 AM
Congrats on the move. Didn't know you had.
Everything that Brant said but I'd add the following.
1) Winters are always dryer in terms of humidity than summer so I don't think you'll get much rust on the arm in a cold, dry garage.
2) The plastic of vests will become more brittle in the cold so it should be handled carefully until it warms up. Putting both the arm and vest in a rubbermaid containter for the time its in the garage will take care of both issues. Make sure to leave the top off for a day or so until it drys out from sweat if you need to.
3) CRT monitors do well in cold but I wouldn't slam the case into anything when its really cold out, just common sense stuff there.
4) Batteries, like Brant said.
5) Security. Who wants to come home to an accidentally left open garage door.
It happens a few times a year. I'd run a chain through the handles of the obvious cases and lock them together, just an idea.
6) We've all left gear in unheated camera trucks so I don't think you have an issue.
7) Yourself, if you really are just remembering winters, get a pair of Fleece- lined jeans. (Eddie Bauer, etc.) Best investment you can make and they are just great for everyday wear in the winter and its like sweat pants under jeans and wonderful. You quickly realize how cold feeling regular jeans are in even 30 weathter. They take you to 0 F, then you put long underwear on below that.
8) Talk to Brant about what snow blower to buy.
Posted 05 November 2010 - 09:25 AM
Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:27 AM
I just looked up the specs for the PowerCubes (which I think are similar for all Li-Ions). They have a storage temperature range of -4ºF - 140ºF (-20ºC - 60ºC).
Normally I don't worry much about storage temps. Like Jeff, my garage is also well insulated, and I sometimes use the same sort of heater. If I'm going out on a job, (and it's cold outside), then the batteries come inside, and maybe the vest.
I also bring the LCD monitor in when things get cold. While it can be stored down to -40º (F or C, it's the same!), it should be operated above 0ºC (32ºF)..
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:42 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:55 PM
A couple ideas to avoid the frigid garage syndrome:
1. Well insulated, including an insulated garage door with a good weather seal.
2. Can you run natural gas to your garage? You could do a small wall heater, or a radiant heater.
3. Is there room to enclose a shelved closet to store your gear? Better for security and easier to heat.
4. Check with your insurance company that the method of storing your gear meets their security requirements. Mine requires it's under lock & key, and a break in occurred. My gear is under alarm, but not required by my insurance.
Besides keeping your gear warm, there's nothing like getting into a warm car when it's freezing outside. My garage never gets below 50 degrees. The dual furnaces are in my equipment storage room, and I pump the warm air (via a cooling thermostat & fan) into the insulated garage, while it regulates the temp in my storage room. If I didn't have that setup, I'd definiley
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:56 PM
Good luck & stay warm,
Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:53 AM