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Humidifier Maintenance

Nick — Jan 29, 2015 01:16PM HST

Hello! I am fairly new to caring for wood instruments, how often should I be checking my humidifier for my uke? How long do they last before requiring maintenance? Thanks!


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Joel - Feb 01, 2015 at 11:40PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

The Herco humidifiers will become dry and chalky when they are dry. You will need to check up on it regularly to see how quickly it dries out in your climate and re-fill it as needed...the drier the climate the more often it will need to be refilled.

The Oasis humidifiers will shrink up when they run out of water and need to be refilled.


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Aaron P. - Feb 03, 2015 at 11:57PM HST

I have an Oasis humidifier and I have been putting it in the case next to the neck of the uke rather than inside the body (attached to the strings which actually bothers me a little). Do you think this can damage the uke keeping it next to the neck? I seem to be getting a bit of string buzz on notes near the head. I don't know if my playing has changed or if I have damaged the neck by having the humidifier stored to close.


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Joel - Feb 03, 2015 at 11:59PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

You can sight down the neck from the headstock to see if there is any back bow in the most likely the Oasis hasnt done any damage but you might want to think about either suspending it in the body like it is designed or keeping it in a case compartment.


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Dan - Feb 04, 2015 at 09:45PM HST

I use the Oasis humidifier and like you it bothered me to keep it inside the body. However, I decided it was better than a cracked instrument given the dry climate where I live. Whenever I refill the humidifier with distilled water, I make sure the Oasis is dry and the lid tight before placing it in the body. I've had the Oasis for more than a year without any leaks or problems. I bought the humigel replacement but haven't had to use it yet. Good luck!


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Aaron P. - Feb 08, 2015 at 10:52PM HST

Thank for the advice Joel! I did force myself to get over stretching the strings apart and dangling the device inside the body like it is supposed to be. Like Dan says, it's better than a cracked instrument. I am glad to hear that I am not that only one bothered by putting the humidifier inside the uke. After a couple of weeks of using it properly I don't notice the buzzing anymore. But again, I don't know if that is just the way I was playing or not. Here in New York with the dry heating, the laminate flooring in my apartment shrinks every winter leaving gaps between a few boards (that I poorly installed) and the wood expands and they gaps fill-in in the spring so it is clearly needed in the uke.


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Joel - Feb 08, 2015 at 10:57PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

No problem, the Oasis is designed to hang and the small amount you stretch the strings wont damage anything. The crystals inside the humidifier that mix with the water to form a gel also help protect the humidifier from leaking so you dont need to worry about watter dripping out inside the instrument. If you use indoor heating or cooling its always a good idea to use a decent humidifier.


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