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« on: October 11, 2015, 07:13:36 am »

I've been put on notice that there are too many rocks inside the house.  bricks Looking at either storing them in the garage next to the saw (ideal) or basement in the shop. Garage will get well below freezing in the winter. I know that freeze-thaw cycles in the creek fracture material, but that's over the course of centuries. Do you think a few seasons in the garage will hurt (no opals in the mix, just jasp/agates.)
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2015, 08:02:25 am »

I've stored all my rough outside for many years without problem.  If no water gets into any cracks, there can be no water expansion.  In any case, your rocks were outside for eons before you got them.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2015, 08:49:36 am »

What slabcabber said.  The only thing I've had come apart was a big hunk of obsidian. Luckily it was plain black obsidian. I have one pile of not too important rocks that get buried under several feet of snow almost every winter. My better cutting material is stored in an unheated shed. And my very best material is in boxes stored in my basement.

Wives can be a real pain when it comes to storing rocks in the house. But don't you dare suggest that they store some of their sewing supplies in the basement, no matter how large the pile of bins full of cloth has grown.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2015, 09:57:59 am »

Freezing cold for rocks is really bad! You can't sort through them in that kind of weather. Keep them inside and really warm. Much easier to sort and admire!
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2015, 12:47:45 pm »

Sounds like a plan - bulk of it in the garage, prized pieces stashed around the house. Bobby, cold might be bad for rocks, but it's even worse for me, and I'll be out in it if I bring all my rocks inside!

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2015, 12:52:46 pm »

Sleep with them under the bed, they're happiest there.  By the way, i'm talking about the rocks, not the wife!  Though from what i have learned about the physiology of women, they are always cold, just like the rocks.  Doesn't matter the season or weather, they are always cold, and i am talking about their complaining about the temp, not they're hearts.

Now that i am done almost getting in trouble.  The rocks spent millions of years on or in the ground, and they made it this far.  What's a winter or two going to do to them, unless you get them wet and let them freeze.  Though even in the ground, they tend to get wet.

By the way, all my good stuff is on my shelves in my walk in closet, or in boxes.  No cold basement or hot attic for my babies.

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2015, 06:48:35 pm »

i have been storing my rocks in the Northern Maine cold for years. I just keep them dry in the sheds. Have not seen any problems to this point.
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