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  •  I'm going to get one of those meters. (8+ / 0-)

    I've been thinking about it for a long time, but it's time for action.

    Thanks for the push.

    I cannot wait to hear about making your own refrigerator.  

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:10:05 PM PST

    •  so i have a dumb question... (4+ / 0-)

      I could open-source the fridge concept, but one of the components is something I can get that is almost impossible to find and for which there are no regular retail channels.  

      At what point is it legitimate to sell those components here, vs. at what point does that become improper commercialization of diaries?

      •  You're not "selling something here"... (7+ / 0-)

        ...if you say, "if you're interested in making your own fridge, you'll find X part very hard to locate.  I can help with that; let me know your email and I'll contact you" or words to that effect.

        Go for it.

        Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

        by WarrenS on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:18:06 PM PST

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        •  Cool (heh:-) I'll do it. (3+ / 0-)
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          Only problem is, I can't place orders for these things in onezies and twozies.  I should probably order 10 at a time.  

          The component is a digital thermostat that runs off the power supplied by the fridge.  It takes one for the fridge compartment, and one for the freezer compartment, thus two units per installation.  If I keep 10 in stock, that's five people on dKOS who want to order these.  

          Does that seem reasonable?

      •  I Have an Important Question (5+ / 0-)

        for myself.

        I need to be able to get a cubic foot or few down to fairly low humidity even in damp times of the year, for storage of some sensitive materials. That seems to be a refrigeration related problem.

        Consumer dehumidifiers are lucky to get a closet or small room near to 50% RH. I'd really like to have 25% or less.

        Surely there must be industrial needs for this kind of thing but I'm not having much luck searching.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:34:31 PM PST

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        •  can you use a chemical drying (5+ / 0-)

          agent like dri-rite?

          You would probably need to seal your materials into a container with it.  Vacuum type containers (like this or this DIY version) would probably be best.  But then again, I'm in a university, so these types of things are sitting on a lab bench in nearly every lab.

          I have no idea of your resources/needs.  Just making (possibly crazy and useless) suggestions.

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          by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:46:58 PM PST

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        •  what about temperature? (3+ / 0-)
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          Humidity is interrelated with temperature.  

          If you can store the whatever-it-is in a cold container, that's one possible solution.  A warm container is another.  

          There are applications such as firearms storage cabinets, that might be relevant here.  For firearms and other mechanisms that get hot in use, warm is preferable to cold.  

          As a generalization, what sort of stuff are you trying to store?  For example, paper, digital media, photographic media, analog audio media, mechanical devices, electronic devices, chemicals, biological materials, etc.   No need to reveal confidential information, all I'm looking for is the general category and whether there are any temperature restrictions.

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