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Old 04-16-2014, 06:22 AM   #15
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Doug. When you had discovered you had some leaks what was the moisture % you saw on your meter ? I have a moisture meter a cheap one I bought for checking the moisture content in firewood , it does show in percent(8-22%) like yours but the probe is on the end of meter but I don't think I can get into thigh places like yours mine has no name brand but the model is ss-1978A ,I bought it at princess auto in Canada about four years ago. Here is a picture of it. I put a penny beside to give a idea of size and the other black piece is the cap to cover the two probe tips ;(at bottom of tester )it's upside down in the picture,
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:44 AM   #16
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It depends somewhat on relative humidity, but dry pine in my garage reads 5 - 9%. That is normal for the cabinets and dry stored wood. I consider anything below 10% in the AS floor as dry and leak free. Anything above that deserves investigation, IMO. I have seen full scale 50% in a few areas this spring, and have found leaks associated with it.

I have also noted that the black coating around the perimeter of the floor reads a few percentage points higher than the bare wood immediately adjoining it. I believe the coating is a bit more conductive than dry wood.
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Doug. When you had discovered you had some leaks what was the moisture % you saw on your meter ? I have a moisture meter a cheap one I bought for checking the moisture content in firewood , it does show in percent(8-22%) like yours but the probe is on the end of meter but I don't think I can get into thigh places like yours mine has no name brand but the model is ss-1978A ,I bought it at princess auto in Canada about four years ago. Here is a picture of it. I put a penny beside to give a idea of size and the other black piece is the cap to cover the two probe tips ;(at bottom of tester )it's upside down in the picture,
I don't trust or pay attention to the % moisture scale on my meter. If the needle moves, there is moisture. Things are dry now and the needle does not move.

When I had leaks to the plywood the meter pegged out on every one of them, and then became less as I moved the probe away. These were not severe leaks, and a few inches away the plywood was dry.
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