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    It's humidifier time in the northeast US

    Hi LTGers and guests,

    Time for the annual public service announcement, particularly if you live in the northeast US. Break out the humidifiers and keep your guitars away from heat sources in your home.

    Heaters are starting to crank on... Outside air is getting drier... I was well under 40% RH yesterday...

    Don't fall victim to cracked guitars. You are educated in the fine art of wood care. And, if you aren't, you have no excuse in the age of the internet. :) Bob Taylor's videos on humidity and many others should make matters crystal clear.

    My cautionary tale is first-hand. I was ignorant about wood care and the two guitars that I grew up with developed large cracks because of my neglect. To this day, I have never stopped kicking myself over this. The guitars were repaired, but are permanently scarred. Don't be me!

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    LOL
    It is always humidifier time here in Tucson.
    Tucson does not do 2 things:

    1. We do not change our clocks back or forward.
    2. We do not take out our guitar humidifiers in the summer.

    :)

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    Yup, time to get my rec room humidifier ready to run. My house is still ~50% but that won't last too much longer. The full-house humidification generally keeps things at or just above 40% during winter, unless it gets really cold for extended periods, with the room gizmo adding a few % on top. Anything beyond that is a waste of effort…just keeps the windows moist. :)

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    Yeah, Woody, I'm sure this is all a no-brainer for you guys in arid climates. I don't know how familiar you are with the northeast, but we spend most of summer north of 60%RH (often quite higher, rarely lower) and then LOOK OUT when the fall/winter hits. It's a double whammy with the use of heat. I have baseboard which dries the air out even more. Dave is lucky to have full-house humidification. They didn't build 'em that way back in the early '60s when my house (and furnace) was built.
    Guilds:
    1967 MK-VI Artist Special (Hoboken - Jacobs restoration 2018) - "The Mark"
    12ers:
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    Don't rush me!

    Here in Augusta, Maine, (which is purty dern northeast) the windows are foggy and our living room hygrometer reads 71%. Our humidifier wouldn't crank it much above that!

    It's been a balmy autumn - gorgeous, leafy, sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, foggy. It's in the fifties inside and out right now, and I just worked up a sweat raking.

    We'll have a cold snap eventually, of course, but for now, everything is copacabana.

    Nonetheless, posting an annual reminder is a great idea. Glad someone's on top of it!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 10-17-2018 at 07:20 PM.

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    Get on it, Charlie! :)

    (that's what my ex-wife used to say :) :) )
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    12ers:
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    Yeah, Woody, I'm sure this is all a no-brainer for you guys in arid climates. I don't know how familiar you are with the northeast, but we spend most of summer north of 60%RH (often quite higher, rarely lower) and then LOOK OUT when the fall/winter hits. It's a double whammy with the use of heat. I have baseboard which dries the air out even more. Dave is lucky to have full-house humidification. They didn't build 'em that way back in the early '60s when my house (and furnace) was built.
    grew up there. i had a nice Martin too. I used a soundhole humidifier and kept my HD-28 in its case when not being played. i do not recall what i did in the summer...

    the tough thing about tucson is if you have a swamp cooler. not all homes here have A/C. swamp cooler creates a super humid environment in the home. one summer it was 60-70% humidity in my apartment. i never used humidifiers then at all in the guitar, heck, i had to protect them from getting all swampy :)

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    Thanks for the reminder. Will get everything cleaned, prepped and filled. Well it was nice while it lasted.

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    Good reminder, chaz, we just kicked the furnace on last week.
    "Heat lightning burnt the sky like alcohol." John Prine

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    Thanks for the heads up Chazmo. Here in central Virginia, things do get dry around the house after the heat kicks in, which hasn't happened yet. We're still around 58% in the house. But, it does go below 40% by November.
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