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    Default How dry should your safe be ?

    Recently completed a test with 1 x "Gun Dry" pack fitted at the bottom of my safe (10 Gun) and found that the pack only reduced the moisture to 60% Relative Humidity. The pack could not reduce it below 60% Relative Humidity.

    At the start of the test the pack's weight was 128g and at the end of the test it was 248g. this indicates that there is definitely something happening.

    The test was conducted from 15-8-2006 to 11-9-2006

    Question is now.... is this 60% RH (DRY) enough to prevent rust from forming on the rifles inside?

    I am planning to do another test fitting a 20 Watt light bulb inside the safe ?

    Any comments is welcome... :dunno
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    light bulb should work well...even less wattage will do
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    Best plan MCJ , move to Gauteng
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    yip...move MCJ ...then your airrifles will be stolen and you will not have to worry about the rust...hehe
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    Good 1 Guido
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    I fitted a light bulb in my safe 7 years ago .

    There has not been one slight blemish of rust on any firearm , knife or any metal since .

    Often found mildew on the slings and the hunting knife sheath .

    Since doing that , I now only have to wipe the guns a few times a year , not every week as before .

    As they say on tv , " its the right thing to do "
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    What sort of wattage are we talking about here?
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    Spyker
    As low as possible, even a 5 Watt will do the trick....
    It just has to heat up the air above ambient to prevent condensation forming....
    Have you guys never tried to make biltong in a cardboard box and lamp setup before.....?????
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    cool!!
    so after a hunt you just put your rifles back in the safe and throw in the pigeons and the guinea fowl too...when you open it again you will have biltong to take with on your next hunt..?

    err...only problem is you will have to throw in some salt too which will make your rifles rust and take you back to square one...dang!
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    Allan, moving to Gauteng...not an option....i will rather shoot in the wind...he...he

    Gerry, do you perhaps know what the Relative Humidity is inside your safe?
    Gerry, is your light connected to 220 volt or is it connected to transformer ....how?

    Thanks for the help so far guys. :thumbsup
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    I will put my R/H meter in the gun safe later and check , compared to outside .

    The lamp is a 220 fitting , it was one of those bedside ones a giant bull dog clip and very short arm with metal shade .

    I use one of the very small energy saver globes , I think its on its second one . Because its permanently on they last longer , its the on / off that shortens the life of a globe .
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    Thanks for all your trouble Gerry.
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    My safe yesterday registered 44 % R/H inside . in the garage on the work bench the R/H was 67 % , slowly rising to about 73 % by 2;30 in the arvie .

    So , the warm stable atmosphere in the safe with the lamp on , I'd say is a scientificaly proven good thing , despite the actual findings , ie. no more rust and mildew .
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    Thanks you very much for the results. :rocker Going to buy the light today and start the installation thereof. :thumbsup

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