I fell in love with wood when my husband and I bought our first home. I gained a healthy respect for it after installing my own hardwood floors. The event not only changed my work ethic…lol…but my understanding of just how wonderful wood is. It’s a delicate balance in nature. When I think of wood…I think of how it breathes, lives, and thrives…hence my fascination with it.
The thing that I learned early on in my new fascination with wood…was its moisture content. Who knew? If I didn’t let my floors “cure” for two weeks…I was told that I’d regret it. If I didn’t keep my unfinished hardwood floors dry…I’d pay for it later. I was shown pictures of warped wood floors, of beautiful wood floors, of our stain options, and types of wood. In the end…we chose maple and yes…it has knots. (They are beautiful but it doesn’t and didn’t stain easily; as I’m sure many of you can attest too.)
Currently I work for Wagner Meters. They are a company that measures moisture. They have fancy meters (a bit pricey) but they won’t make a hole in your wood and they come with an impressive 7 year warranty. They’ve been said to last for more than 20 years. Do you own one? Can I see it?
I had never heard of them nor had a reason too. But the more I learn about wood. The more I’m convinced that the word needs to get out about wood and its ability to both make all your dreams come true and break your heart within three months. All because of two words directly related to it…moisture content.
As seasoned woodworkers I’m sure you all have a story that can attest to what I’m speaking of. I would love to hear them and most importantly…I’d love to know how you dealt with it. Unfortunately, I have experienced “wet or rotting” wood. I’ll share my story…if you share yours. ;)