In-Process Moisture Measurement for Forest Products
To learn more about our end-to-end line of integrated moisture measurement systems for the lumber industry, please visit our SCS Forest Products by Finna Group page or watch the video below to see a product line overview.
Handheld Wood Moisture Meters
Owning and using a handheld wood moisture meter, and knowing its use in determining wood’s equilibrium moisture content, is an inexpensive way for carpenters to predict and avoid wood movement problems that could require costly repairs. Seasonal changes in humidity cause wood trim and flooring to expand in summer and shrink in winter. With the use of an accurate handheld wood moisture meter, and some understanding of the principles of wood movement, these problems can be largely avoided. As humidity increases, wood, being hygroscopic, will pick up moisture content from the atmosphere and expand. As humidity decreases, the opposite will occur. If the moisture content of the installed wood is too high, shrinkage will occur. This would introduce defects in the workmanship such as gaps and cracks. If the moisture is too low, the wood will pick up moisture content, expand, and distort, buckle, or bow.