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Nitrogen filled garage to inhibit corrosion.

Inspired by the bumper sticker "Rust never sleeps"
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Most vehicles spend the greatest percentage of their existence parked rather than driving. Yet, unfortunately, even when you are not using your expensive vehicle it continues to deteriorate. You may be peacefully slumbering in your home - but a few metres away in your garage, rust and corrosion are carrying on their destruction.

The solution is now at hand. After parking your car in your airtight garage, simply close the garage door and pump the garage full of nitrogen. The lack of oxygen will greatly inhibit rust formation whilst providing the added benefit of negating any chance of fire. When you are ready to take your chariot out for a spin, simply open the garage door remotely, wait a few moments, then head out onto the open road. Ideally, your employer will provide similar facilities at your workplace - extending your vehicle's body panels' lifespan by many years.

A couple of simple failsafe mechanisms may be added for a only few dollars more to somewhat reduce the chances of your accidental asphyxiation. You might even want to now use the garage as a veggie storage area to kill any insect pests and extend shelf life. "N-Joy"

AusCan531, Jul 22 2012

"Rust Never Sleeps" by Neil Young http://www.youtube....annel/HCeGUJpLs1cGQ
Go here and listen. [sqeaketh the wheel, Jul 22 2012, last modified Oct 13 2012]

1 http://www.sytner.c...orage-facility.aspx
[Phrontistery, Jul 22 2012]

2 http://www.defencem..._story.asp?id=18902
[Phrontistery, Jul 22 2012]


       Using Hydrogen would actually reverse the process of oxidation, albeit slowly.   

       Being so mobile, hydrogen disperses very fast, so no need for pumps or blowers to purge the garage; open the door and stand back for a few seconds.   

8th of 7, Jul 22 2012

       //open the door and stand back a few seconds//
sp. "open the ceiling vent, crack the door and toss a lit match onto the roof."

       if it's dry it won't rust and if it's wet the oxygen in the water will rust it. [edit: or not]
FlyingToaster, Jul 22 2012

       Hmmm, I don't know enough chemistry to refute that claim [FT], maybe that's why [8th] suggested using water without oxygen in it? That suggestion poses a few flammability issues though. Perhaps I should amend the posting to specify warm, dry nitrogen.
AusCan531, Jul 22 2012

       Only of your engine has a high decompression ratio …
8th of 7, Jul 22 2012

       Mercedes Bends?
AusCan531, Jul 22 2012

       Convenient for garage suicides, won't even have to start the vehicle.
tatterdemalion, Jul 22 2012

       One could have a pullover plastic tent to put the vehicles in when parked. A benefit: no need for nitrogen. Just have some oxidizibles in there to eat up all the oxygen underneath (probably not an open flame, but something like that), replacing it with warm soothing CO2.   

       No fussy nitrogen tanks to refill. No asphyxiation hazard. Easily adaptable to protect lawn tools / samurai swords.
bungston, Jul 25 2012

       // probably not an open flame //   

       Nothing with hydrogen in it … charcoal would be best. Or burn carbon monoxide.   

       You want to scavenge free oxygen, and water.   

       // asphyxiation hazard //   

       You did read the part about oxygen scavenging, didn't you?
8th of 7, Jul 25 2012

       //No fussy nitrogen tanks to refill.//. But then I couldn't call the system "N-Joy".   

       As for using warm soothing CO2, I thought the fashion was to be a bit twitchy about creating more carbon dioxide these days? Bungco's marketing dept's slogan of "Now your vehicle can cause CO2 to be generated even when it isn't in use!" might not quite whip up the type of frenzy your looking for.
AusCan531, Jul 25 2012

       Ok, maybe the oxidizables don't create CO2. Maybe they are powdered iron or something of the sort. That might be more attractive to the sort of rust-making O molecule that fancies a Fe partner.
bungston, Jul 26 2012

       The term you're looking for is "getter", and you want something with a strong affinity for oxygen without actually being too pyrophoric; and having non-volatile oxides.   

       Powdered metals can be a bit too ... entertaining ... unless handled properly. They are certainly very entertaining if handled improperly.
8th of 7, Jul 26 2012

       so just leave the car running... and plug in the dehumidifier
FlyingToaster, Jul 26 2012


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