Old 03-26-07, 09:40 PM
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I am installing a hardwood floor and don't want to spend a fortune on this meter to check moisture content. Is this something that you can rent from a rental place, or can you pick up a cheap one? I checked HD and they do not carry them.
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Yes you can avoid the expense........simply leave the new wood, unwrapped, in the room where it will be installed for 3-6 wks. It will acclimate to existing humidity conditions. Even if you have something to measure the moisture in the wood, there is nothing you can do that time and nature won't do.
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I am not sure where you are from. But for me the heating season is ending and the relitive humidity in the air is going up and down. You may want to atleast get an indoor/outdoor thermometer/humidity meter; they are fairly afordable. If you are getting a swing in relative humidity in the air, I would let the wood aclimate longer. Just a more affordable way to get some more information about moisture.
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A hygrometer is not a wood moisture meter.

A hygrometer, measures the temp and humidity... The ambient air conditions.

A pin type wood moisture meter measures the moisture content of the wood.

Hygrometers are relatively inexpensive. The moisture meter is a different story. There are cheap meters, and you certainly get what you pay for. Some are useless!!!!!

A good pin type/probe type meter from TRAMEX, Delmhorst, or Wagner, are going to give you consistant readings.

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