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comment How do I convert an A/C window unit from thermostat to humidistat control?
I guess I could always do like in my car (where this is not wasteful, unlike in a house) and just run both AC and heat to keep it dry but not too cold... ;-)
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comment How do I convert an A/C window unit from thermostat to humidistat control?
I have a dehumidifier (unused, sitting in the basement), but I'd rather not use it since it takes up space, makes more noise, and requires regular emptying or a place to run a drain hose.
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comment How do I convert an A/C window unit from thermostat to humidistat control?
All of those look like they're for the range where condensation is happening, near 100% humidity. I couldn't tell if they're adjustable to a more reasonable target like 30-40% or even lower (since the sample is to be taken at the dryest point, near the unit, it's conceivable I'd want to set it much lower than the normal comfort level).
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comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
@Alex: In general that's good advice, but since my question specifically mentions new cans, it's not the issue at hand here. ShoeMaker: The question tells the exact product I'm working with. Back to the answer itself, I think the first "no" contradicts the rest of the answer. Since viscosity is greatly reduced with heat (the product was like syrup in winter and like milk in summer), any settling effects should presumably be increased with heat...
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comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
I wish I had more time to evaluate the answers before the bounty expires, but since I'm going to be away the next few days, I'm awarding it to this one. The link is informative, and it seems the most plausible. I installed the moulding a few days ago (before getting responses) after having sanded and re-applied the polyurethane (mixed somewhat better but perhaps not well enough), and it's not perfect, but better. I might try going back and "rubbing out" the finish later if the gloss continues to bother me.
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comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
So far I'm a bit more inclined to believe this answer since flattening agents settling seems a lot more plausible when the polyurethane is at very low viscosity from the heat. The idea of the gloss settling (in the other answer I commented on) doesn't seem to make sense; my brush is pulling from the top of the can, not the bottom...
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comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
One answer says the gloss is an additive that settles, another says flattening agents are an additive that settles...
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