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    5 gallon bucket with lid? How do you do it!!? Whatta ya think?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhikdavis View Post
    5 gallon bucket with lid? How do you do it!!? Whatta ya think?
    You're main enemy is going to be moisture infiltration. Any container should have a tight hermetic seal.

    I go as far as filling quart zip-lock bags as full as I can get them and still get them closed. Then into a well-sealed 5 gallon bucket.

    One advantage to this is that I can pull out only what I need without exposing the whole lot to fresh moisture.
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    I have had it in an open bag , for years , still powder as it should be .
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhikdavis View Post
    5 gallon bucket with lid? How do you do it!!? Whatta ya think?

    I bought a medium-sized paper bag's worth of Hydrocal plaster in 1993 from a local hobby shop that no longer exists for scenery on an HO scale layout I was building at the time.

    I moved the Hydrocal into a large, thick Ziploc freezer bag (squeezing out the excess air inside as I zipped it closed). I stored it in a shoebox under my layout.

    Over the years, when I needed Hydrocal, I'd use whatever quantity I needed, and sealed it again (squeezing the excess air out every time).

    That layout was dismantled in 2006, and a new N scale layout started construction.

    15 years after that, and over 25 years after buying the Hydrocal, it's still perfectly usable for my current N scale layout.



    NOTE: I live in Southern California, 15 miles inland from the ocean, so the climate is dry and humidity is very low most of the time. If you live in a high-humidity climate, your plaster won't last as long.

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    I've stored Durabond in the opened original bag for years, no issues. The room is not damp though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    If you live in a high-humidity climate, your plaster won't last as long.
    Exactly why I go to to an extreme when storing mine. We're in the direct path of the warm, humid air stream from the Gulf of Mexico.
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    here where i live is high humid so everything that is dry powder goes into mason jars and then they are vacuum sealed . you could make bags of rice to remove moister from five gallon buckets as well. rice will remove any moister . but my vacuum sealing has worked really well for me , BUT you have to reseal those after you open them....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    I have had it in an open bag , for years , still powder as it should be .
    I too have not done anything special to store plaster or hydrocal. Was unaware there could be issues. Will moisture degrade the quality?
    Somewhat humid basement. But I have never perceived any issues.
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    where I live it stays humid year around , we have issues with salt and sugar clumping and we make packets with pantyhose and dry rice and put those in with them and it works like a champ . I would think it would work the same for you with plaster .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo1160 View Post
    where I live it stays humid year around , we have issues with salt and sugar clumping and we make packets with pantyhose and dry rice and put those in with them and it works like a champ . I would think it would work the same for you with plaster .
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