Living in flat with minimal household facilities, I found myself wanting – and, almost of necessity, needing – to use the top surface of my small fridge/freezer as a horizontal surface to hold and store items.
One problem I’ve always been faced with is that, in being a cold surface, it is the ideal place for warm water to settle and form droplets (even small puddles) as it cools. But, I recently came up with a very simple solution to counteract this and it didn’t involve making mounds of mess.
It does look as though the main cause of the rot that spread throughout our bathroom floor came from the toiletcistern, which is boxed in and seemed to be forever sweating litres upon gallons of water. After fitting the new floor, we lifted the lid to find condensation was still running and forming around the outside. Insulation is a popular solution to this, with the internet throwing up the suggest to lag around the inside with either an old gym or exercise mat or, good old expanding foam.
All along, I’ve felt as though ventilation (drilling a hole through the exterior wall and fitting a vent) would fix this. My dad’s solution was to throw a towel over the cistern and to ‘insulate’ it that way… Although the situation eased at first, it didn’t go away.
Although these photos were actually taken two weeks ago, earlier this morning, it began snowing again. There’s no much of it on the ground right now but, when it does settle and you’re left with a good couple of inches on the covering all, there’s actually a lot that we can learn, as woodworkers, about the positive effects of draught-proofing and fitting roof insulation (if, like mine, you’re workshop doesn’t already have these things).
Since draft-proofing the up-and-over garage door in December, not only does it appear to have improved the working conditions of my workshop in winter but, I’m facing a constant battle with the dreaded rust, with all the cold weather we’ve had lately. To some, this may not sound unusual. In which case, I should point out that, in the five-years that I’ve [almost!] been able to call this garage ‘my own‘, I have never known a situation quite as bad as this. Read On…