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    I thought I would do a quick photo shoot of how I make mine. It took me longer to upload the photos than it did to make the humidifier. These things cost almost nothing to make and last 2 - 3 times longer than the sponge in the baggie trick. They are cleaner and will not leak.



    Start with a tight sealing cannister of some type. Drill 10 or 12 holes in it with a 1/8 inch drill bit.





    Use green wet foam. About $2 a block from your local florist. Make sure it is wet foam. Not dry foam. There is a major difference.





    This stuff trims really easily with a sharp knife. I make an impression in the top using my cannister

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  • #2
    I shape it to generally fit the cannister with my knife





    Once I've got it cut to size, well you know what happens next.





    Make sure you thoroughly saturate it using ONLY distilled water. $1 at Walmart

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    • #3
      Keep pouring water in until it begins to drip out the sides and is thoroughly saturated. Wipe with a paper towel





      Seal the cap and place it in your guitar case







      These will not leak and will keep your guitar well-humidified for quite a long time. Especially if the case remains closed.
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      • #4
        Thanks for going to the trouble of posting that, RT1. Guess I'll have to swing by the local florist and pick up a big ol' chunk of wet foam. It certainly looks like a great idea to me. Better looking than my holey baggies anyway.



        I have a question, though. With my sponge/baggie it's easy to tell when the sponge is too dry. With your wet foam, how do you know when to add water?
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        • #5
          Never had a problem with my sponge and baggie, but this looks neater.

          Also, why the distilled water? I've always ran tap water in my Cello sponges.
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          • #6
            I use tap water in mine, too. I've heard that you can get mold from it, but mine never has. Easy and cheap enough to replace the foam even if it did.







            In answer to Opa, it'll feel wet to the touch.

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            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by jamesp
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              I use tap water in mine, too. I've heard that you can get mold from it, but mine never has. Easy and cheap enough to replace the foam even if it did.




              My Cello kitchen sponges are factory treated to be anti microbal. I've used the same sponge for 2 years, no mold with tap water. Tap water is chlorinated too! I think the distilled water is overkill.



              I'm going to give the OP's method a try. I have a nice large pill bottle that'll do nicely. I'll scout for some foam and top cracks be gone.
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              • #8
                There's this beaded stuff that is used in cigar humidor humidifiers. When you wet it it turns into this gelatinous mass of goo that doesn't drip and lasts months inside a humidor's humidifier.



                I always thought it would be great for guitar humidifiers too. But I live in Florida and never need to humidify any of my guitars.



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                • #9






                  Quote Originally Posted by valentsgrif
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                  Never had a problem with my sponge and baggie, but this looks neater.

                  Also, why the distilled water? I've always ran tap water in my Cello sponges.




                  Same here. Never seemed to have a problem with just regular ol' tap water. However, I'm pretty sure if I lived where my sister lives, I'd have to buy distilled water. Her water is so bad she has to buy bottled water just to make a decent pot of coffee.
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                  • #10
                    Nicely done, recordingtrack1
                    God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by Opa John
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                      Thanks for going to the trouble of posting that, RT1. Guess I'll have to swing by the local florist and pick up a big ol' chunk of wet foam. It certainly looks like a great idea to me. Better looking than my holey baggies anyway.



                      I have a question, though. With my sponge/baggie it's easy to tell when the sponge is too dry. With your wet foam, how do you know when to add water?




                      Thanks for the comments guys. As far as when to add water, look at the photos before and after water is applied. It'll turn light green again. Plus it will be VERY light. You'll know when it is dry.



                      On the difference between distilled and tap, it is my understanding that the chemicals in tap water actually block the humidication process and does not increase the humidity level in the case. NO FACTS TO BACK THAT UP, just rumor
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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by recordingtrack1
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                        Thanks for the comments guys. As far as when to add water, look at the photos before and after water is applied. It'll turn light green again. Plus it will be VERY light. You'll know when it is dry.



                        On the difference between distilled and tap, it is my understanding that the chemicals in tap water actually block the humidication process and does not increase the humidity level in the case. NO FACTS TO BACK THAT UP, just rumor




                        The humidity gauge in my Travelite case is at odds with this theory. Anymore I'm unsure whether an observable phenomenon passes muster as a fact or not, but it would be an easily repeatable experiment to make.

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                        • #13
                          I'm good with that.



                          I personally don't have the expertise to know the difference. The truth is that I frequently end up at Walmart and since distilled water is 97 cents, I just buy it. Since that is what I was told, I just always went with it. I suppose that each should do what they feel is best for their instrument.
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                          Strangers passing in the street
                          By chance two separate glances meet
                          I am you and what I see is me . . .

                          Roger Waters
                          Echoes
                          from the MEDDLE LP

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                          • #14
                            Gratuitous bump.





                            Nah, it's starting to get a little cooler every day and it won't be long until it is freezing.



                            Most of you clowns know all this stuff by heart, but for those (noobs like Knockwood) who don't know, I personally feel this is an important little trick to know. Hence, I'm bumping it. Might do it again in a few weeks.
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                            Strangers passing in the street
                            By chance two separate glances meet
                            I am you and what I see is me . . .

                            Roger Waters
                            Echoes
                            from the MEDDLE LP

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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by recordingtrack1
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                              Gratuitous bump.





                              Nah, it's starting to get a little cooler every day and it won't be long until it is freezing.



                              Most of you clowns know all this stuff by heart, but for those (noobs like Knockwood) who don't know, I personally feel this is an important little trick to know. Hence, I'm bumping it. Might do it again in a few weeks.




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