Flooring moisture meter in Seattle.
December 20, 2010 11:30 AM   Subscribe

We have purchased some new flooring and would like to rent/borrow a surface moisture meter before we install it. We've checked several tool rental places (home depot, aurora rents, etc.). We've been able to find the "pin" type meters, but really need one of the "surface" variety. I know it's a long-shot here, but does anybody have a source that I might try? thanks.
posted by jimmereeno to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
Response by poster: I should've specified that it's hard-wood flooring. Perhaps that's obvious... but just in case.
posted by jimmereeno at 11:38 AM on December 20, 2010

The general rule is to let the flooring sit in piles in the intended space for a few days to adjust to the temperature and humidity, then it is fine to install it.
posted by lee at 11:52 AM on December 20, 2010

It might help if you clarify what you would like to measure the moisture level of.
posted by ssg at 12:11 PM on December 20, 2010

Local flooring contractors? Depending on how small/hungry they are, they might rent you one or come out and take the measurement for a reasonable fee.
posted by Jacqueline at 12:22 PM on December 20, 2010

Assuming you want to check the MC of the flooring, just get a pin-type meter and use it on the bottom or edges of the material.
posted by jon1270 at 12:39 PM on December 20, 2010

The moisture numbers don't really matter as long as it is acclimated to the interior conditions. I think a few days is the minimum, a week is more than enough for that to happen.
posted by gjc at 6:06 PM on December 20, 2010

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