Q. What should I use to absorb dampness from a file in a shed which itself smells damp? Lorraine W. Stroup Malibu, Calif.
A. Silicone gel is your answer. Obtainable usually at hobby or arts-and-crafts stores, this drying material is a real dampness swallower. It is used by manufacturers of delicate machinery or materials which must be kept dry in transit or storage. Thus, it ought to keep your file dry.
About that damp smell in the shed: Can it be ventilated to help squelch the odor?