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Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Bunky, Dec 2, 2014.
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An easy "case humidifier" can be make with a sponge and a zip-lock sandwich bag. Wet the sponge, and squeeze the excess water out. Put in the sandwich bag, zip it shut, and poke several holes in the bag. This plan should be within your three guidelines.
how often should one resoak?
Whenever the sponge starts getting dry. Coupla times a week, probably.
If you keep your guitar inside the case, hard to beat this method: http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=288060
I made this kind of humidifier couple of weeks ago and have not yet refilled it. It looks like there is still 40% of the water left. The humidity inside the case have been constant 45%. Just perfect.
If you don't keep your guitar cased then a few houseplants in the room will help.
A house humidifier works for all your guitars in or out of cases.
Good for your furniture, skin and respiratory system too.
I use a fan and filter type, clean it in the spring and run it for years, around $40-$50.
Picked up slightly older version of this one at Goodwill for $6. New they're $160-$180. It doesn't get any better than that. It doesn't have the digital controls of newer model but it will keep the humidity in my den between 40% and 50% with ease. Check the donation stores for them. You'll find them very cheap.
I drilled holes in a plastic soap case, then do the sponge.
Then have a humidifier (like soulman suggested). I have it on a lamp timer to run a few times a day as my geetars are in a small bedroom and continuous would have the windows glass dripping
small cheap plastic (tupperware like) container, drill holes in it, cut a sponge to fit and saturate just less than dripping. Check every few days.
I did this with a small multivitamin bottle a few weeks ago. It works very well.
I put a pickle jar with water on top of my space heater.
When it's really dry, I dampen a towel and drape it over a stool.
This is all I've ever needed to do to maintain 31% RH in Minnesota. Some say you need 40% but that's impossible for a room without feeling extremely damp in the dead of winter. 31% feels damp, and several years of experience with expensive acoustics says it's fine. My room has a door that also seals well too, big plus.
I never liked cases. If you play more than one guitar, who wants to mess with cases all the time? There's also no circulation, it seems like an uncontrolled situation. Damp guitar, dry room. Damp guitar dry room. Forgot to put it away.... There's also the out of sight out of mind factor. Close your door, fill the pickle jar, and go watch TV.
I started humidifying with a humidifier, but it was too much too quick, dial it back, finesse, finesse, finesse. What a PITA.
I had a whole house humidifier installed when I bought a new furnace a few years ago. Keeps it around 40-45% in the winter and I don't have to even think about it.
Half an apple, wrapped in a handkerchief, in your case. Replace it when it dries out. If it gets moldy, you don't need to humidify.
Guitars or cigars?
I put a humidifier in a closet with acoustics. Takes less refills to humidify the small space.
We heat with oil forced air and wood. Humidification is a constant issue. We keep a kettle of water on the stove along with a room humidifier. All of the instruments are kept in cases and humidified with the soap box sponge method. Keep in mind O.P. that if your guitars aren't happy neither are your skin or sinuses. A comfortable humidity level will keep you healthy as well as your guitars.
Move to Houston!
Its cheap and really HUMID!
I also use this method now. Two plastic cases filled with water beads (the plastic covers have holes drilled) gives me 45% humidity and they last for weeks before needing refill... The closet has 10-15% higher humidity than the room where the closet is at.