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Old April 26, 2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Walk In Gun Vault

I have always wanted a walk in gun vault and was curious about controlling the humidity inside. Since it's much larger than a standard gun vault what would be the most effective way to control the humidity? I thought about a dehumidifier but don't want to have to empty the water every day, and a dry rod is not going to get the job done.
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Old April 26, 2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Run HVAC duct work from your house system into it. There are humidifiers you do not empty every day, but your A/C system should do the trick
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Old April 26, 2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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HVAC is the ticket, but you can run a dehumidifier and drain it outside of the vault by attaching a hose to it. I believe all dehumidifiers offer this as an option, rather than collecting the water in the container.
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Old April 29, 2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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Wouldn't placing penetrations for standard HVAC in the vault defeat the purpose of having a sealed vault?

I'm envisioning a boat with a window unit ... doesn't work out too well.
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Old April 29, 2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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Not really, a small duct opening won't allow folks to crawl into vault. If the collection has some serious value, a fire suppression system should also be included in the plan
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Old May 1, 2013, 11:46 PM   #6
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A smoke/fire damper can be installed in the duct to retain the fire resistive design of a vault. That said, I would not duct into the vault. It allows the humidity from outside the vault to enter the vault. I would install an electric cadet heater and a dehumidifier with the drain piped out of the vault.
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Old May 2, 2013, 07:54 PM   #7
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most modern HVAC systems can maintain 43% humidity without any problem as long as you have a vent(s) that are rated for the size room. Think about it.. how many people backintheday kept rifles in the living room on a wall mounted rifle rack... they never rusted.
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