• Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Slideshow: 12 Stunning Remodels
    Slideshow: 12 Stunning Remodels
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
Pin It

Using a Moisture Meter

An accurate moisture meter is the most important tool a wood-floor installer can use

Length: 2:47
Produced By: John Ross

Hardwood-flooring expert Charles Peterson demonstrates the two types of moisture meters you can use to determine the moisture level of wood flooring before you install it. The first type is a pin meter, which works by measuring the moisture of wood fibers when penetrated. The second type is a pinless meter that measures radio-frequency waves. Sounds high-tech, but it comes with a caveat: It's twice as likely to be inaccurate as a pin meter. Too much depends on having an accurate moisture reading of wood flooring to leave it up to chance. Not surprisingly, Charles's choice is a combo meter.

To learn more about how Charles ensures flawless wood floors, read 11 Wood-Flooring Problems, and Their Solutions from Fine Homebuilding issue #200 (December 2008/January 2009), pp. 78-83.

Video by: John Ross

From Fine Homebuilding200
November 12, 2008