Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by -Ralph- » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:12 pm

johnnyboxer wrote:Dehumidifier is a must

My double garage is block and brick, double skin with a DPM and it's bone dry in winter

I take out about 4-5 gallons of water out each week with dehumidifier though
The dehumidifier has a lot more to do with it being bone dry than the construction

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by Ricalnic » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:35 am

Ventilation, cotton sheet over bike, and greenhouse heater on timer ....

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by Tramp » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:48 am

The most costeffective answer is get a illegal lodger in the extended garage let him earn his keep by polishing the bike and cossetting it....lol

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Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by johnnyboxer » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:29 am

-Ralph- wrote:
johnnyboxer wrote:Dehumidifier is a must

My double garage is block and brick, double skin with a DPM and it's bone dry in winter

I take out about 4-5 gallons of water out each week with dehumidifier though
The dehumidifier has a lot more to do with it being bone dry than the construction

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by chrisjk » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:33 am

ACF 50!

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by scouse » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:29 pm

west coast ratter wrote:I was bothered by condensation in my lock up in wet n cold weather the floor was soaking with it and my bikes were covered in it my solution was to get a few large cardboard boxes and open them out on the floor .. hey presto no more condensation on bikes and makes it a bit warmer... or it feels like it (thumbs)
Plus one on that - Cardboard also insulates as well as absorbs water vapour in the air.
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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by johnboy » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:20 pm

I use a 60 watt tube heater, about 3 feet long, mounted on a narrow board which I slide under my two bikes. The warm air rising keeps all the condensation away from the bikes. The garage is constructed of concrete panels with a concrete floor and corrugated roof, and has windows in the back. I have been using this method for years. And leave the bikes uncovered so as not to trap any moisture.
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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by IainD » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:42 pm

Old Git Ray wrote:
IainD wrote:..........
Check if the floor has a DPM. if not get some floor resin and seal it.
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Iain (or anybody)
Will resin stick to a damp floor or brickwork ?

I have a DPC that is 3 courses above the garage floor and it is constantly damp (obviously).
Hi Ray,

Yes, many resins are used externally in car parks etc. and these are applied to damp (not wet) surfaces.

We used to spec Flowcrete and Altro resins which are rather expensive, but do a good job, on industrial projects. A quick web search would find something cheaper. Perhaps a Waterseal product - Bostik Cementone Water Seal or similar would be better unless you are doing a large area as well as a floor.

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by wispyone » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:02 pm

Ok, so a quick update.

I have opened the window slightly at the rear of the garage to assist with air flow, the bike is sat on a thick layer of cardboard and i have a bucket of salt on the workbench.

I return from work this evening and go to check the bike and there are drips of water on the cardboard !

So i have now plugged in an old oil filled electric radiator. and will order a tube heater to slide under the bike this evening.
Starting to think the bike will last longer left out in the rear garden - apart from the fact i wont be covered on insurance :)


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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by -Ralph- » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:08 pm

ACF50 is your best defence TBH
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