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Old 01-11-2020, 10:33 AM   #1
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Moisture Meters


Good morning: I'm getting ready to purchase a moisture meter to check moisture content of hardwood flooring on our remodeling projects. I searched on Contractor Talk and found a few very old posts. So I thought I would get current information. I have a few questions to ask.

1. Any help on brands/models. I don't want to break the bank, but I'm
willing to spend more to get a better unit.

2. Proper way to measure hardwood flooring with pin type. I've seen
a few videos where they measured the backside of hardwood
flooring with a pin type. Is that the correct way to measure it.

3. Which style is best? the pin or pinless. what I'm trying to
accomplish is to minimize install error, and have the documentation
to back this up. I'm sure a lot of manufacturers would be tough to
convince, but i'm sure having proper documentation will help.

In the past we have relied on our installer subs until recently when we trusted one and got nailed by them having no documentation. Therefore we are going to take our own readings along with the installers readings.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:57 AM   #2
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I use a Ligno pin type.

Had to check through the finsih on and installed floor to verify MC.

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I had occasion to look into this recently. My research indicated that pin-type is significantly more accurate and consistent.

Obviously, you don't want to be poking holes in the finished surface. As long as the material has had time to acclimate properly, there's going to be little to no difference in moisture content between the two faces. Don't forget to take multiple readings of the subfloor as well. You want both materials to be very similar.

As for brand/price, no need to break the bank. It's a simple technology. For a bit more confidence in your readings, buy one that has a calibration standard you can check its accuracy with.

Having said all that, I'd be holding the installer responsible for warranting his work.
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I use a Ligno pin type.

Had to check through the finsih on and installed floor to verify MC.

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Have the same one. Has another pair of longer pins under the cap.
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Have the same one. Has another pair of longer pins under the cap.
I think the long pins are in the battery compartment on mine.

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Install a (indoor) weather station with recording ability at the job?


hour temps and humidity....?

Photo surveillance of the storage/ flooring areas, plenty of humidity and temp control/ HVAC....Air lock entries...
Delivery invoices should have time and day of delivery.....Trust, but verify.

Rent climate controlled storage, and or require materials delivered EARLY to pre heat/ pre humidity tempering storage.

Follow manufacturers' instructions regarding moisture levels and room humidity matching current season.

If you haven't provided humidity&Temp. control during and before the install, how can the the floor sub be expected to produce a to spec floor install?

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