Turning in the cold

  1. Roger Chandler
    Roger Chandler
    Supposed to get down to 5 degrees tonight, and down to 1 degree overnight next Monday intoTuuesday morning, with daytime highs in the 20s. Makes for a bit uncomfortable conditions to turn and of course glues, finishes, etc are at least problematic if not impossible in temps like that. Hows the weather conditions for turning in your area? The frozen north is sure to have its challenges. Stay warm everyone!
  2. Brice Rogers
    Brice Rogers
    That's chilly. I grew up in Minnesota, so I'm familiar with both chilly temps and cold temps. Worst I ever experienced was either (1) snowmobiling at -30 F. or (2) waking up to -50 F in northern Mn. Just about every car needed to have some sort of 120 vac engine heater if parked outdoors. I've used head-bolt heaters, dip-stick heaters, radiator hose heaters, frost-plug heaters, battery heaters, etc. They all work about the same. When in Mn., and needed to work in the shop, I used a kerosene "torpedo heater" plus an electric radiant heater.

    Now I live in Southern Ca. And my "blood has thinned". Our evening temps recently had been hovering in the upper 30's/low 40's. Occasionally we have frost. Once we had 4" of snow. But I insulated my shop so it never gets that cool and I have an electric radiant heater that I sometimes place pointing towards me. And, the day temps are warmer. S o, I can easily spend time in the shop.
  3. tom lucas
    tom lucas
    Yeah, cold here in Maryland too. I still work a full time job, but sure wish I could do some work in the shop in the afternoon/evenings. My shop is uninsulated with openings in the ceiling. So it's just too cold, takes too long and costs too much to heat up for just an hour or two at night. So this time of year I can only turn on weekends after spending hours (and many dollars) heating the shop. I usually go out turn the heat on around 8 or 9 and wait 2 hours until it's comfortable enough to work. If finishing it has to be fast cure, only applied in the afternoon while the shop is warm. Else I have to bring it in the house to dry. I told my wife my next shop is either in a basement or a well insulated building with heat and A/C. I'm only where I am now for another 3 years. So, I'm not investing any effort/money in improving my current shop.
  4. Mark Inmon
    Mark Inmon
    A cold day in the shop or warm day in the office, not a hard to decision to make.
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