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EXTECH Moisture Meter M02106/13
Hello group it's been a while. I bought a EXTECH M0210 moisture meter about a year and a half ago. Whenever I stick the prongs in newly arrived wood to the shop or wood that been in my shop for years including benches and work tables I always get readings from about 11% to 13%. Yes I have the switch set to WOOD and not to BUILDING materials.
Now with all the above said I have manufactured raised panel doors, entry and exterior doors and tons of other projects without any cracking at all even with moisture readings mentioned above.
So what do you guys think? Is this something normal?
You know it's funny, when I set the switch on building materials I get those nice low readings every woodworker loves.
If the pins only go into the wood 1/16" or so you are getting a surface reading. The surface moisture content will fluctuate fairly quickly as the wood adjusts to the air humidity around it. To get a true core mc reading rip the board in half and check the newly exposed edge of the board in the center of thickness.
That's a great idea. I wish I would've thought of that. I will try tomorrow morning and let you know.
I tried that moisture meter under a variety of conditions,but I couldn't get different readings. The wood I tried varied from a bench that sits in front of the furnace (it was in March), to different lumber in the rack, to a 2 x 4 that had spent the winter leaning on a shed, and was soaked with rain. The readings were all the same.