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Trending in the Aisles: Moisture Meters

Whether you are a builder or just working on some repairs in your home, finding out the moisture for certain areas or materials is crucial to making sure the project is completed smoothly.

Since the advent of better and lower prices on technology, your local Home Depot carries moisture meters or testers.

In fact, the moisture meters we currently carry that I'll briefly go over here check moisture for all kinds of substrates. So if you are inspecting a home before you buy or building, this is a great tool to have.

General Tools Professional Digital Pinless Moisture Meter with Backlit LCD

This moisture meter by General is a basic and handy way to find out how much moisture is in walls or almost anything in your home.

A great example of using this, or any moisture meter, is in lumber. You can easily check any new 'green' pressure treated lumber you purchase to track the moisture. Installing exterior grade lumber with too much moisture can lead to warping and issues if installed. 

Having a tester like this can give you the confidence and knowledge on when you can use it. This means installing a wooden deck without boards becoming disfigured or coming loose due to the moisture escaping after installation (wood expands and contracts). 

Or maybe you just need to check the moisture in the drywall-based walls of your basement. It works on so many substrates and different areas so you can get an accurate assessment of what you are up against.

To read more about this particular model by General, please click here for the owner's manual. 

Ryobi Phone Works Moisture Meter

This version by Ryobi is the one shown in the main image at the top of this post. It functions as a pin-style moisture meter that you can view its readings from your smart phone or tablet.

This gives you capability to store, send, and compare information collected from it. It evens includes a data capture feature that allows you view the moisture readings over a span of time.

For someone who really needs a tool like this on the project site, it's a must have. Having the correct or low moisture is crucial for some home improvement projects, such as installing hardwood floors shown in the image above.

To read more about Ryobi's version, please click here for more information. 

For any additional questions or concerns you may have, please feel free to ask us here.


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Posted 2016-12-29T21:34:23+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL