Moisture Meter

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Blog entry by GMman posted 05-02-2008 01:48 PM 2060 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If anybody is interested in a moisture meter Rockler has one on sale at $29.99 NOTE: I dont advertise for Rockler I just notice that on the internet .

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 04:30 PM

FYI – Read the ratings in the add before you buy.

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 08:20 PM

Thanks …..I have been thinking of purchasing a moisture meter …..AS yet I may not know which one to buy ..but i know of one i will not purchase …
thanks again …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 11:51 PM

seriously, How does one of those things work anyway ? Can’t imagine sticking the tips to a piece of wood and it tell me how much moisture there is through out the wood ?
I may be dumb, but like Norm said: ” It isn’t rocket science”....Is it

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 12:06 AM

I’m sure it has something to do with running current through the wood and the lower the moisture content, the less current conducted. I actually have no idea, but that works for me.

I have one of those meters and without anything to compare it to, it seems to work. I recently started buying rough sawn lumber from a sawmill, and while I don’t know the accuracy, I do know that the value changes over time. By that I mean that I got one number when I purchased the wood, and after a few months stickered in my basement, I got a lower number. That tells me that the wood is drying which is all I’m looking for at the moment. For $30 bucks, I got a vague answer to a vague question. I’m okay with that.

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 11:21 PM

I try to use a moisture meater before I start using wood.If it’s been sticker for a while I’ll check it out before getting it going for a project.

I’ve got so much wood I don’t have to rush wood thats not ready unless I need the species.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-04-2008 02:17 PM

Well you can say all you want I have a cheap one and it works great and I have compared it with a worker at a window manufacturer and the difference is very small , very nice to have and I know they work and you know that if you use wood with more than 7% you are going to get splitting….depends a lot where you live I have very hot short summers and in winter I heat with wood and wood heat you cannot control like other heat sometimes it goes up to 80 degrees and if your project is not dry you get splitting I know it happend to me. Freinds do what you want this is only my own comments all of you are still my buddies ..have fun

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#7 posted 05-04-2008 02:45 PM

From what little I know about moisture testers the expensive ones have settings for the different species of wood, and air temp. I have used both the $100.00+ ones and the $30.00 ones. Having a kiln and having to keep an eye on it I have found only a little difference in the readings. I know what GMman is talking about when it comes to the splitting. The kiln we used was total electric. What I have found in using a kiln is going slow on raising the temp to begin with. About all hardwoods, Oak, Hickory and such can really do stupid stuff if you try to rush it. We even went to fluted sticks to help air flow and get rid of sticker stain. This is just my view, your results may vary.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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