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9 DIY Projects to Avoid When Humidity is High

Heat and humidity can not only wreak havoc on you physically, it can also be disastrous when it comes to some home improvement projects. Here are 9 DIY projects you should put on hold when the humidity level is high.

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Outdoor Painting

Heat and humidity affects drying time when it comes to paint. High humidity means there is more moisture in the air, so in turn it will take longer for the water in your paint to evaporate. Put off any outdoor DIY projects that involve painting until the humidity level drops. Try these 15 tips for painting outdoor furniture.

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Roofing in hot and humid weather can not only be miserable since you’re stuck in the hot sun, but it can be dangerous. When weather conditions call for high humidity, do some roof work early in the morning before the humidity level gets too intense, then take a break until later in the day. The last thing you want is to be stuck up on a roof and feel light-headed. Here are 10 of the most common roof problems and what to do about them!

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Pouring Concrete

Concrete will set as the cement hydrates, which means when the air has excess moisture, the concrete can dry too quickly. Concrete grows stronger when given ample time to dry, so if it dries too quickly, the dried concrete won’t be as strong and may be prone to cracking. Learn how to pour a concrete slab successfully with these 31 tips.

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Staining the Deck

When staining your fence, deck or any outdoor furniture, the humidity level should be no higher than 70 percent for optimal drying. Too much humidity may leave you with an uneven finish, so put this DIY project on hold. Follow these tips for staining wood evenly.

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Deck Repair

Over time, deck boards may become uneven and need a little adjustment. Hold off on this DIY project if humidity levels are high. Humidity can cause wood to swell, which may create more problems if you try to make fixes when the boards are swollen. Here are 12 more things you should never do to your deck.

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The air’s humidity level can affect how long it will take caulk to cure or dry. Caulking — whether you are using a silicone or acrylic-based caulk — is a DIY project you should put on hold when humidity levels are high to ensure optimal results. Here are five more caulking mistakes you should try to avoid.

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Attic Work

This tip is more about safety than results. If you have a DIY project that involves work in the attic, put it off until the heat and humidity are at more comfortable levels. Since air often doesn’t circulate well in attic spaces, it can be difficult to breathe. If you absolutely must work in your attic in not-so-optimal conditions, here are some tips on improving the ventilation in your attic.

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Installing Windows

The last thing you want when installing new windows is for humidity to get trapped in the panes. Built up condensation can impact wood, concrete, plaster and brick and cause long-term damage in your home. Put off this DIY project until humidity levels are lower.

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Wood Flooring

High humidity can cause wood to swell. If you’re planning a hardwood flooring project, the last thing you want is your flooring to be swollen, then retract when the air dries out, leaving you with some big gaps between floor boards. Yes, you can install wood flooring over concrete! Here’s how.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.