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Old 12-11-2007, 11:30 AM   #21
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Unless you pull them out and replace them with galvanized fasteners, respackle and paint.
Make sure the galvanized fasteners aren't just painted silver like many deck screws are. They still rust, they just take longer.

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Old 12-11-2007, 11:34 AM   #22
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I have to clean mold every month or so. I'll be repainting this with a paint that is guaranteed to prevent mold for five years. We'll see.
I sure hope we're still talking about the house's shower, not its owners...
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:34 AM   #23
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Heres the thing...if the nails are all rusting even if they arent exposed, then the drywall is absorbing moisture and most likely the paper on the interior side of the drywall is covered with mold. That could become a health problem down the road.

Dehumidifiers can be expensive to run, the furnace might be a bit cheaper. A little extra cost might beat a moldy rusty house.

Oh, and if you do that nude mold removal suggestion, please do not post any pictures!

Amazon.com: Eva-dry EDV-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier: Health & Personal Care

Or get a larger console model for the whole house. The good part is that while they suck electricity, they throw warm air. Enough to heat a small to medium sized room for the larger models.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:43 PM   #24
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Do you have experience with that dehumidifier, CFB, or is that just an example?

That's a 120 watt unit, so it would cost us about $130 per year to run. If it did the trick, that would be worth it.
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No experience at all. Mine is a kenmore the size of a medium coffee table. Reviews looked good on it, but there are a bazoodle of small dehumidifiers. Some will take a plastic line you can feed into a tub or sink, that makes life a lot simpler unless you dont mind emptying a container every few days.

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Follow the "further information and reviews" link for an excel sheet with product lists, links to a bunch of magazine reviews, etc.
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Oh yeah, one other thing...I noticed the temp of the room you mentioned. A lot of dehumidifiers wont operate in low temperature areas (below 65-68 degrees) or will have to stop running the compressor and defrost the coils periodically, which will make the energy consumption rise. Look for a unit that is made to operate at lower temps.
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Yo Al - maybeso an inexpensive dehumidifier option for you? No idea what the shipping would run.....
Lot of 2 Dehumidifiers' with Catch Basins - (eBay item 230203345015 end time Dec-20-07 10:49:55 PST)

How goes the repair?
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All done. Dug out 27 rusty nails and replaced with stainless screws. Spackled and painted with one coat of oil-based primer and two coats of paint that's guaranteed against mold for five years. Looks good.

Until I've found a good deal on a dehumidifier, I've put a box fan on the window, and will use that in conjunction with the ceiling exhaust fan to get all the humid air out after showers.

Thanks again for the tips.
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Hope it holds, Al, Where are you?
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We're right on the coast in far northern California.
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