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 #7175  by odin
 23 Apr 2019 10:14
I got this finished and took a good 12 hours between 3 of us :(


Now to price up power and insulation, I want to get around condensation and damp from the tanks so I may have a good air flow from front to back and a heater to keep the air temp up to reduce the wet on the walls, or seal it all around then buy a dehumidifier to remove it.

Anyone got any advice?


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 #7176  by Algae In Space
 23 Apr 2019 10:37
Well if it's anything like my bathroom a dehumidifier will do the trick. Only problem is to get the right setting because it will kick in way to often because there seems to be a condensation build up on the sensor from the tank I guess. So it kicks in every few minutes after reaching the desired % which is crazy so I just let it run for an hour or so on timer when needed. If the shed was made out of wood there wouldn't be those issues I guess... You could also install a ventilator or just a tiny window for air circulation? But then you would lose warm air.

Check out infrared heating panels. It seems to be the cheapest way to go electric. I use it and the bill is reasonable for electric.
 #7179  by Vorteil
 24 Apr 2019 00:59
@Algae In Space

That is interesting & I understand what you mean when the switch kicks in. I have a fan in my bathroom that keeps going off. I though it was defective but it seems that it's sensing the condensation. problem is it's always going off & on. Seems to be way too often.

@odin

What will be your outside temps in the summer months? What's your plan to keep the tanks down in temp?
 #7185  by Algae In Space
 24 Apr 2019 16:34
Vorteil wrote: 24 Apr 2019 00:59 @Algae In Space

That is interesting & I understand what you mean when the switch kicks in. I have a fan in my bathroom that keeps going off. I though it was defective but it seems that it's sensing the condensation. problem is it's always going off & on. Seems to be way too often.

Yes this function is pretty useless in my opinion.
 #7252  by odin
 03 May 2019 19:00
I'm just going to go with my gut here and seal all the joins in the shed with silicon, install a wooden skeleton frame and insert thick foam insulation,. Then line the floor and roof and walls with a breathable membrane and install a self emptying dehumidifier.

The only issue i may have is the dehumidifier emptying my tanks so i may seal the lids on the tanks... hmmm wounder if i could lay a layer of the breather bag plastic over the top of the tanks to let CO2 out and oxygen in but keep the water from being sucked out.
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