Out of the Woodwork: Human Moisture Meter

You, too, can determine moisture content simply by feeling a board.
By Peter Sieling
Page: 104

From the November 2005 issue #151
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Murphy had never bought lumber from us before. He watched his boards carefully as they were loaded onto his truck.

“They look good,” he said. He picked up a board and caressed the surface. “Yeah, this is really dry, about 7 percent. I can tell just by feeling it.” The loaders smirked. Later they were rubbing boards, guessing moisture contents and laughing.

“It’s true,” I told them. “You can tell the moisture content by feel when you’ve handled enough lumber. I’ll prove it.” I picked up a board from an air-drying pile, hefted it and felt the surface. “I estimate 16 percent.” I stuck the moisture meter in the board. It read 17-1/2 percent. They quit laughing.

From the November 2005 issue #151
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