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Re: [BKARTS] Books left in the cold

I have some experience with leaving books in vacation property from when I had a cottage in Northern Ontario. There usually is not too much problem since most sources of heat are very dry. Usually Electric heat in cabins or wood stoves and fireplaces which radiate a lot of heat but not much moisture. Since your wet clothes are also fairly cold and do not dry very quickly the moisture content in the cabin usually doesn't go up much. When it is a problem occurs during parties with lot's of cooking and people breathing.
One thing you certainly want to make sure is that your bookcases are on inside walls. When the place heats up and the moisture level climbs from cooking and people, books on outside walls insulate the wall from the room and you can get a lot of condensation on the wall and the fore edge of the books. I've had mould develop as well in that situation.
Freezing stops the mould growing and summer dries everything out again but the sell of the mould never leaves the books no matter how much you clean them.
Ah the joys of a Canadian winter! I'm glad I libve in Victoria now, gloat, gloat.
Who is looking out at his crocuses blooming and daffodils and tulips sprouting.

At 09:08 PM 10/02/03 -0800, you wrote:
>   3. Books in vacant houses or vacation property. If the house is left
>without heat on and the owners return for some cross country skiing in
>winter and warm up the house suddenly.
>Does anyone know how much of a problem this is?

David Allen
Beddall Bookbinding Conservation & Restoration
840 Snowdrop Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 888-9380

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