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Old 10-12-2019, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default Wooden propellers and humidity

Bit of a random question, but would it be a bad idea to put an aquarium underneath a wall-mounted wooden propeller? I wonder if evaporated water could have a detrimental effect on a wooden prop or not.
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:34 PM   #2
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I can't see it being a problem.
I had various aquariums for 25 years or so and never even thought of the humidity from them.
I did have none led lights though which gave off heat.
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:44 PM   #3
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It would be an excellent thing to do. Old wood shrinks in both hot and dry conditions and can crack. My Georgian breakfast table has a large crack across its circular circumference!

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Old 10-13-2019, 06:40 PM   #4
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That's great Bob! I was secretly hoping it could actually be beneficial, but I really wasn't sure. You often see props with split layers and I would hate for it to happen to mine.
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That's great Bob! I was secretly hoping it could actually be beneficial, but I really wasn't sure. You often see props with split layers and I would hate for it to happen to mine.
The splits occur from drying out. Nn your case that problem will occur when you take it from above the aquarium and move it to a dry place.
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:58 AM   #6
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The splits occur from drying out. Nn your case that problem will occur when you take it from above the aquarium and move it to a dry place.
That's an interesting consideration and worth keeping in mind!
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:52 PM   #7
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That's not to say that there can't be other problems with moisture, but splitting shouldn't be one of them.

Some pilots insist on leaving their installed props in the horizontal position to avoid having balance issues, but I never bothered on my Piper Cub. I guess in theory the temperature may be a little higher at the top of the prop than the bottom and that could cause a difference is drying out one blade more than the other.
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Old 10-15-2019, 03:37 PM   #8
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Mine is mounted horizontal
I guess with floor heating it could make an actual difference.
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