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#5740543 - 05/12/15 11:54 AM Where to setup reloading shop?
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Registered: 11/04/11
Posts: 246
Loc: Lubbock, TX
THF Experts,

I currently do not reload, but am getting close to taking the plunge. I have been researching, reading, and repeating that process for about a year now but have not been confident enough to act. My cousin, who is an avid reloader, is moving next month to within a couple of hours of me and is excited to teach me the ins and outs, so I think I may finally get started.

My question is, where should I setup shop in my house? Are there any heat/humidity/safety issues that I should keep in mind? I have a separate shop that has a corner that would be perfect for a reloading setup, but the shop is uninsulated and the the environment is not controlled at all. My second option would be in the basement. I have plenty of room there, but worry if the humidity could cause issues? I could possibly find room in the garage, but am not sure that would be any different than the shop.

Thank you in advance for your opinions.

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#5740565 - 05/12/15 12:07 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 10/11/09
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Loc: Wills Point
Humidity drives me crazy. It's not the existence of it but when it varies dramatically with the heat or AC cycling. It wreaks havoc on my scales. I don't know that any constant humidity will hurt anything. Just keep your powder sealed and take care of your equipment.

To keep the humidity from cycling I usually turn the air off. Or set the thermostat where it will not cycle off. They also sell dehumidifiers that work pretty good.

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#5740576 - 05/12/15 12:14 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
I like to keep mine in a climate controlled area, aka in the house.

Before I had my press dies etc in the garage and kept my scale powder and primers inside, but prefer all to be kept inside.
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#5740586 - 05/12/15 12:17 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
I would definitely choose the most controlled environment available. If I had to use my garage I would probably only reload about four months out of the year. Unacceptable!
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#5740595 - 05/12/15 12:27 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
red bluff Offline
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Registered: 07/08/12
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There are always safety issues to consider. Lockup your powder and primers to keep them away from people if others live in your home. You don't need any help from the kids mixing stuff. Years ago when I lived in Lubbock the humidity was not an issue. so I'd probably be in the basement.

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#5740610 - 05/12/15 12:37 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
bobsumner Offline
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Registered: 09/03/13
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I am a garage type of guy, reloading does not match my indoor decor. grin

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#5740859 - 05/12/15 03:26 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Cedar Valley, Travis Co., TX
I've had seperate rooms off the garage climate controlled. After moving 9 years ago now just in the garage. No problems so far.
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#5740979 - 05/12/15 04:55 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 02/18/09
Posts: 931
Loc: Crossroads, TX
I have a "Hobby Room" where I do all of mine. It's a small 4th bedroom and is perfect for my needs.
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#5741022 - 05/12/15 05:28 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 04/21/13
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In Texas? Inside!

I'll take a small desk in the corner of my bedroom before I'll suffer out in the hot garage. You really can keep your setup small.

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#5741049 - 05/12/15 05:48 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: bobsumner]
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 7020
Loc: Wise Co.
Originally Posted By: bobsumner
I am a garage type of guy, reloading does not match my indoor decor. grin


My equipment was the first thing set up in this house. All the decor had to be matched to IT.

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#5741289 - 05/12/15 07:56 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4544
Loc: Burleson Texas
Spare bed room, aka man cave.
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#5741417 - 05/12/15 08:58 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: GLC]
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
My equipment and supplies are set up in an insulated steel structure that is not climate controlled 24/7. I have a light layer of rust on many of my dies bang Primers are in an ammo can, powder is in its' jugs and some is inside a filing cabinet.

It is not ideal, but I can make precision ammo all year. If available I would pick the most dehumidified, climate controlled environment I could.
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#5741521 - 05/12/15 09:59 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
Big Fitz Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 2178
Loc: McKinney, TX
In Lubbock I would not hesitate to use the basement. As mentioned, you can always add a dehumidifier if needed but can't imagine that would be needed often in Lubbock.
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#5742254 - 05/13/15 12:34 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 11223
Loc: Sachse, TX
I took over the spare bedroom and still would like a bigger layout. I don't want to be loading in the garage dripping sweat all over my stuff.
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#5742584 - 05/13/15 04:24 PM Re: Where to setup reloading shop? [Re: RCINTX]
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Registered: 02/15/13
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Loc: Stratford Texas
In a securable location and no air movement when using a powder scale. Plenty of light is always nice.
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