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Thinking About Getting Into Reloading: Questions

Ok, so I've been reading a ton about reloading and have been thinking about getting into it for a long time now.

I'm not asking about all that I should get or what brands to get just yet.

My first question is, where should I put the equipment? You see, I have a concrete basement that's unfinished. I have a gym down there and plenty of stuff being stored. My only concern is that in the months such as this, when the furnace isn't on, you can feel the dampness in the air. It just smells musty and wet although there's no real water in the basement. There are windows which stay open from spring until fall as well as a fan down there to try to keep air moving.

My other option is a detached garage which is not climate controlled at all. I would assume that the same damp feeling, as well as the sweltering heat of the summer with no air flow, would be present in the garage.

So for starters, where would the best spot be to place my reloading equipment?

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Mine is in the cellar, but is climate controlled to an extent. If the moisture is going to be a issue you could always run a dehumidifier.
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Re: Thinking About Getting Into Reloading: Questions

It's funny because it's only when the furnace is turned off. Especially now since it's still a little wet out from the spring. In the summer it'll get hotter and more dry.

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Re: Thinking About Getting Into Reloading: Questions

If those are your only two options, invest in a good dehumidifier as RobOz said and work in the basement. Chances are you won't need to have the windows open in the basement after.

The garage will be a nightmare to keep any kind of climate control in As every time it rains and you park the car inside, you bring in all that moisture with the car.

Another bad thing is without some kind of climate and humidity control, your reloading equipment will rust quick. You can get a lot of money tied up in tools, casings, bullets, and powders... it would be a shame to not take care of that investment.

Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Thinking About Getting Into Reloading: Questions

I have mine in the basement as well. During the winter the woodstove keeps things dry. This time of year the dehumidifier is running almost constant and needs emptied once a day. But like buck said don't put it in the garage. I ruined a MEC 600jr leaving it in my parents garage when I was younger. Thankfully it was cheep, I wouldn't want my Grabber to get ruined.

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Thanks fellas, I think I'll pick up a dehumidifier and do just that.

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The problem is that your powder and primers will absorb dampness and go down hill quickly. When I bought this house, I treated the block cellar walls with a sealer. I run a dehumidifier thru the summer. Reload here often and never have a problem.

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Yep, he could throw a coat of Drylok on and that would help along with a dehumidifier.
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If you have a way to drain a dehumidifier I would recommend one. I use one in a very wet basement and it works.

I keep the windows closed as per instructions to prevent additional moisture laden air out. The dehumidifier drains into the sump pump so it needs little attention. I put the dehumidifier on a timer because the basement was so wet it would freeze up if it ran continually.

I run it during the spring, summer and into fall.

It has made a difference.
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Thanks fellas, I appreciate it

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