For many industries, it is very necessary to determine moisture content. For example, in concrete, tiles, wood, restoration, etc. you must have to determine the moisture content.
There are different methods for determining moisture content and among them determining moisture content using moisture meter is the most popular way.
For this purpose, you must have a clear idea about the moisture meter reading chart or different types of moisture reading scales. In this article, we will discuss the way of interpretation of different moisture scales in detail.
The moisture reading scales are designed to determine a specific, quantitative amount of moisture content (%MC) in a specific type of material. The reference scale helps to provide a qualitative estimation of moisture in different types of materials.
Some moisture meters use a range from 0-100 and some use a range from 0-300 in the reference scale. There are several ways to use a moisture meter with a reference scale, such as-
- The reference scale is designed to use for different materials. So, you do not need a different reference scale to measure the moisture content of different materials. A single reference scale is enough for measuring the moisture content of different materials.
- Reference scales are preferred more to determine whether the material is too dry or too wet. Taking the reading of dry material you can use it as a reference in the future.
- It can be used to check the available moisture content in the soil. A popular moisture meter called
Delmhorst’s KS-D1 soil moisture meter uses the reference scale (along with special gypsum sensor blocks) to diagnose the available moisture content in the soil.
From the name, it is clear that the wood scale is used for determining moisture content in wood materials. It is commonly used in the flooring, construction, lumber, and restoration industries. Generally, wood scales are calibrated to cover a range from 6% to 40% moisture content.
Drywall scales are used to determine the moisture content of construction, home inspection, and water damage restoration industries. It uses a reference and does a comparison with dry material to determine the amount of moisture.
Well-Constructed drywall should have a moisture content below 1% and that is why if the amount of moisture ranges from 0.1% to 0.2% drywall scales can detect it more accurately.
You know that gypsum is a common raw material used for construction and it is very sensitive to water. An amazing application for drywall scale meters is checking the moisture content of Gyp-Crete flooring because drywall meters are calibrated for measuring moisture in the Gyp-Crete floor.
Hay scale moisture meter is used for detecting the moisture content of the hay. The range of hay scale generally remains between 6% to 40%. It works best to measure the moisture of haystack. Hay scale is popular among farmers and distributors of hay.
For paper manufacturers determining the moisture content is very necessary to manufacture papers of good quality. The moisture content of raw materials used for the paper should remain in a particular range to manufacture paper of good quality that will remain in good condition for a long time. For this purpose, the paper scale is used.
Moisture plays an important role in the production industry, even in our daily life, it has a significant role. Its presence is not bad always, rather for many cases the presence of moisture is useful. What we need is to keep the moisture content in a certain range.
A moisture meter is the most reliable way to determine the moisture level. There is a different type of moisture meters and each type is for a specific purpose. Depending on your need you should have a clear idea about your needed moisture meters.