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    Default Time to put those humidifiers to work!

    It's time to put those humidifiers to work! (At least in MN it is.) I noticed that the house humidity dropped below 40% for the first time this season. My readings have been 35-39%. I got my humidifiers out, made sure the inside gel levels were where they should be and let them sit out at the angle they would be in the uke(s) to make sure there are no leaks. They're all ready to go!

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    Yep. Here in Los Angeles today the humidity dropped a good deal, slid open one of the water tray covers in my humidified display cabinet. The hygrometer is now at 54%.




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    I'm in Hawaii visiting my wife's family. I have my Kamaka with me. My Kanilea is back.in Connecticut. A friend.is ukulele sitting and taking care of the humidification for me.
    I got together with MMStan last Saturday. We went to Honey's in Kaneohe to hear Led Kaapana. Great night of slack key guitar and ukulele. Led is a master of both. Really good guy.

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    We have had rain here at least every other day for months. I long for dry weather! I think I've bought every kind of humidifier made, and I've finally settled on an "automatic" humidifier. It's the D'Addario Humidipak. When the case is dry, it gives off moisture. When humidity is too high, it absorbs the excess. These are made for guitars, so they are larger than we need. You get three in a package. I put one in the sound hole, and the other under the headstock. I don't have very many of these, so I also use the various other kinds.

    If you want to buy one, be sure to get the whole kit, not just the refills - although they are probably all you need.
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    I know there are many ways to make your own humidifier, but I feel better paying for one
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    Aside from leaking, how do you know if an Oasis humidifier needs to be replaced? I assume mine are OK, but have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    Aside from leaking, how do you know if an Oasis humidifier needs to be replaced? I assume mine are OK, but have no idea.
    If it's not leaking you shouldn't have to replace the humidifier itself. You may have to replace the gel pellets inside of it or add some more. If it's operating the way it should (shrinking/regrowing) I assume that it is working OK. I fill the humidifier to the bottom of the neck with distilled water and then check to see that the rehydrated pellets reach the bottom of the neck. I tip them slightly to see if there is any standing water left or if it's all absorbed. I remove any excess water before placing them in my ukes.
    Ohana CK-42R concert - all-solid, sinker redwood top, rosewood back and sides, maple binding, Ltd. Edition
    Kala KA-FMCG concert- solid spruce top, laminate spalted flame maple back and sides, mahogany binding
    Ohana CK-120G - all-solid acacia, mahogany binding, Limited Edition
    Kala KA-ZCT-C - all-laminate ziricote, walnut fretboard, satin neck
    Ohana SK-30M - all-solid mahogany long neck soprano (concert scale)

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    My furnace is running now in Utah, and humidity is under 40%. The humidifiers are in place in all my ukulele cases. I never cared for the Oasis brand. I use a Music Nomad Humilele in the sound hole and a D'addario under the neck. I just put one humidifier under the neck with my laminate uke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    If it's not leaking you shouldn't have to replace the humidifier itself. You may have to replace the gel pellets inside of it or add some more. If it's operating the way it should (shrinking/regrowing) I assume that it is working OK. I fill the humidifier to the bottom of the neck with distilled water and then check to see that the rehydrated pellets reach the bottom of the neck. I tip them slightly to see if there is any standing water left or if it's all absorbed. I remove any excess water before placing them in my ukes.
    You need to remove as much of the old gel before adding new crystals. I swab it with a q tip first. Next I fill it halfway and shake the humidifier. Let it dry out a day or two and swab it once more. The crystals come with a small spoon, four spoonfuls does the job. You can purchase the crystals online through HMS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts56 View Post
    You need to remove as much of the old gel before adding new crystals. I swab it with a q tip first. Next I fill it halfway and shake the humidifier. Let it dry out a day or two and swab it once more. The crystals come with a small spoon, four spoonfuls does the job. You can purchase the crystals online through HMS.
    I cheated. I only added what I needed using fractions of a spoonful. One of my humidifiers was a little firm and full so I gently squeezed some of the rehydrated gel up into the neck and put it into one of the humidifiers that was a little low.
    Ohana CK-42R concert - all-solid, sinker redwood top, rosewood back and sides, maple binding, Ltd. Edition
    Kala KA-FMCG concert- solid spruce top, laminate spalted flame maple back and sides, mahogany binding
    Ohana CK-120G - all-solid acacia, mahogany binding, Limited Edition
    Kala KA-ZCT-C - all-laminate ziricote, walnut fretboard, satin neck
    Ohana SK-30M - all-solid mahogany long neck soprano (concert scale)

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    Being new to having a koa ukulele, I will be using a humidifier for the first time. Is it really necessary to use distilled water. I live in the Bay Area, CA and the water quality is good and the humidity is not awful. If crystals are being replace periodically, wondering if it is worth the trouble and expense of using distilled versus tap water.

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