Leaving cordless tools in garage

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Leaving cordless tools in garage

I keep my tools in the garage. It's -7C outside, probably 4C in the garage. On colders days it hovers just above freezing.

Is it a good idea to leave the batteries of my cordless tool there?
 
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Probably not, cold temps tend to be hard on batteries.
 
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...especially older ones
And with cordless bats, two years is old
 
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Thanks! I've moved it back to the house. Does the same apply to adhesives, paints and sealants?
 
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Latex paint can freeze, if it does, it's toast. Oil base paints can handle the cold but may need warming up to be usuable. I'm sure the same can be said about adhesives and sealants
 
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Ooops. There goes my 3 cans. Thanks for the warning.
 
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Oops
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Yeah the latex can't freeze

The adhesives and sealants, that can vary
Usually solvent-based can handle it, water-based can't
But there will be varying degrees of that

Sometimes it'll say on the can/bottle/tube "keep from freezing"
But just because it doesn't say that, it doesn't mean it can be frozen w/o ill effects
 
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There goes my 3 cans.
Don't throw them out just yet. It takes a little longer for paint to freeze than it does water. If the temp only dips slightly below freezing for a short while the paint may be ok. Open up the can and see if you can stir the paint. If it still feels like paint it should be ok. If it's thick and doesn't stir back to paint consistency, it is no longer any good. Adding water to it may bring it back to paint consistency but that won't make it stick to the wall
 
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I brought all my paints, adhesives, caulks, etc. in the house for the winter.. No sense taking the chance..
 
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I was thinking it might be time to add heat to the garage, at least to bring it to a above freezing temp.

If I drug all that stuff into my house, my wife would make sure I would be the one freezing in the unheated garage.
 
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