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Author Topic: Storing Labhorns in non-climate-controlled garage in Midwest for summer  (Read 2302 times)

Benjamin Goulart

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Should I be worried about humidity effects on the subs if I store them in a garage for the summer on wooden pallets and covered in tarps.  It gets hot and humid in Ohio.  I have the option of actually moving to a place where I can keep them in a climate controlled situation, but if there are big risks to the subs my options narrow from a several choices to fewer if this is an issue to be concerned about.
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Should I be worried about humidity effects on the subs if I store them in a garage for the summer on wooden pallets and covered in tarps.  It gets hot and humid in Ohio.  I have the option of actually moving to a place where I can keep them in a climate controlled situation, but if there are big risks to the subs my options narrow from a several choices to fewer if this is an issue to be concerned about.

In hot or cold storage I always lay the tarp down, put the speaker/sub on it and tie the tarp up on the top. A lot of humidity , moisture , frost what have you starts on the ground and works up. Seems to keep moisture out better and the constant cycle of moist/dry , moist/dry cycle from effecting stored items as much.

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Heck, I didn't even think about the issue of humidity freezing in the winter.  One of my options would put them in a garage for longer than summer.
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I put 2x4 "sleepers" underneath the cabinet feet and make sure there is at least 2" all around for air to circulate. The clearance is especially true along exterior walls.

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Please don't listen to these other posts, they don't know the unique climate sensitivities of the lab sub.


We have a hermetically sealed, climatically fulfilled, bonded labhorn storage facility in our shop.  As a service to the LAB we will store them for you.



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Please don't listen to these other posts, they don't know the unique climate sensitivities of the lab sub.


We have a hermetically sealed, climatically fulfilled, bonded labhorn storage facility in our shop.  As a service to the LAB we will store them for you.

For a small fee. . .
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Should I be worried about humidity effects on the subs if I store them in a garage for the summer on wooden pallets and covered in tarps.  It gets hot and humid in Ohio.  I have the option of actually moving to a place where I can keep them in a climate controlled situation, but if there are big risks to the subs my options narrow from a several choices to fewer if this is an issue to be concerned about.

Why are you covering them?  I'd just put them on pallets or dollys, unless there's a real need.  I've stored my gear that way for over 20 years and no issues, as long as the building is sound with no roof leaks. 

Is there power there?  If so, a dehumidifier would help, as would a ceiling fan.

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We have a hermetically sealed, climatically fulfilled, bonded labhorn storage facility in our shop.  As a service to the LAB we will store them for you.


Will you also provide a regular take them out to test them service?




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Those LabSubs are like rotary engines - gotta give them a good thrashing every now and again. All part of the service, sir.

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Will you also provide a regular take them out to test them service?




Steve.


Of course, if we ever go back to work again. 
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Please don't listen to these other posts, they don't know the unique climate sensitivities of the lab sub.


We have a hermetically sealed, climatically fulfilled, bonded labhorn storage facility in our shop.  As a service to the LAB we will store them for you.

Way to be a team player and help out a fellow sound guy. Giving without any thought of reward. You should be commended!  ;D
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Going all the way back to 1970 I never heard of storing PA speakers in climate controlled places.
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Going all the way back to 1970 I never heard of storing PA speakers in climate controlled places.

Agreed.  It seems to be condensation, not temperature, that does bad stuff. 
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I've found that mice like to take up residence in horn subs, especially when stored with the fold path horizontal. If possible I would store them with each of their mouths blocked by a neighboring cab (e.g., mouths facing one another). Mouths down against plywood would also work, so long as it won't warp and create a gap. Rule of thumb is if you can slide a pencil in a gap a mouse can squeeze through.
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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2020, 11:26:36 pm »

I've found that mice like to take up residence in horn subs, especially when stored with the fold path horizontal. If possible I would store them with each of their mouths blocked by a neighboring cab (e.g., mouths facing one another). Mouths down against plywood would also work, so long as it won't warp and create a gap. Rule of thumb is if you can slide a pencil in a gap a mouse can squeeze through.

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Of course, if we ever go back to work again.

This gives me an idea. Since festivities are slim, perhaps there are other lucrative options for a plethora of subs?  ???

I am thinking of some sort of mobile vengeance service, wherein an individual could pay to subject their enemies, disliked coworkers, or a competing firm to a litigious amount of bass at an inopportune time.  ;D ;D ;D



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I am thinking of some sort of mobile vengeance service, wherein an individual could pay to subject their enemies, disliked coworkers, or a competing firm to a litigious amount of bass at an inopportune time.  ;D ;D ;D

I've been having thoughts like that for a long time. But the enmity toward my enemies has not yet surpassed the effort necessary to enact such a project.
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Re: Storing Labhorns in non-climate-controlled garage in Midwest for summer
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2020, 03:25:58 pm »

This gives me an idea. Since festivities are slim, perhaps there are other lucrative options for a plethora of subs?  ???

I am thinking of some sort of mobile vengeance service, wherein an individual could pay to subject their enemies, disliked coworkers, or a competing firm to a litigious amount of bass at an inopportune time.  ;D ;D ;D

I can't find the article right now, but a couple years ago, someone up in the Bay Area put a big Meyer rig on a flatbed and parked it around town playing airport noise to protest a new airport expansion.
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Re: Storing Labhorns in non-climate-controlled garage in Midwest for summer
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2020, 11:14:15 am »

Not sure this is an issue with modern drivers but back in the day it was an issue for large cone woofers for the cones to sag when the cone was perpendicular to the ground. It was recommended for installs like movie theaters  that the woofers be flipped every year or two. I do remember that cone surround  damping goo would run down to the lowest point of the surround on large JBL 15s like 2225s if they weren't flipped occasionally.

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Re: Storing Labhorns in non-climate-controlled garage in Midwest for summer
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2020, 07:08:55 am »

I do remember that cone surround  damping goo would run down to the lowest point of the surround on large JBL 15s like 2225s if they weren't flipped occasionally.

The woofers on my Altec Nineteens definitely exhibit this.

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Re: Storing Labhorns in non-climate-controlled garage in Midwest for summer
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2020, 12:58:28 pm »

We in the greater Houston area would like to point out that your humidity is laughable and you worrying about it is considered "cute".

We don't do much of anything special except put speakers on pallets to keep the alligator gar from living in our subs during flooding.
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Re: Storing Labhorns in non-climate-controlled garage in Midwest for summer
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