Wood Projects: Hobby Like a Pro

Wood Projects: Hobby Like a Pro

By Ron Smith in Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood projects are as diverse as their builders but some universal truths apply. Your grand vision must be built on strong knowledge of wood species that will be used as well as a clear understanding of the critical role of correct moisture content (MC) in wood. MC and the Surrounding Environment Wood is puzzling. We cut […]

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CEO Ed Wagner Tells His Own Cautionary Flooring Tale

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Occasionally, the great are reminded of their humanity. Over two decades ago, Ed Wagner (heir to the Wagner Meters family legacy) figured it was time to spruce up his home entrance way by installing hardwood flooring in whitewashed oak. So begins the precautionary tale of how even the Head Honcho has to deal with moisture […]

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5 Essentials for the Hobbyist Woodworker

By Ron Smith in Moisture Meters Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 1 Comment

A wood hobbyist immerses himself or herself in a world of wood workmanship powered with the skilled use of tools. Which tools are used depends on the woodworking project. Wood hobbyists saw, plane, sand, shape, nail, assemble and finish temperate and exotic wood species to produce almost anything held in the imagination. A good working […]

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Woodworking Project Decisions

By Ron Smith in Wood Shop Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Now, I get it: my adolescent fantasy of building a rotating wood riser for my drum set would have been a fantastic catastrophe. You see, my dream had absolutely no supporting knowledge of woodwork. In fact, I almost sawed off my fingers in Woodwork 8. There is nothing wrong with dreaming the dream, but I […]

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Wood and Water Don’t Mix

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Wood Division Knowledge Base | 4 Comments

Wooden floors can be as durable as they are beautiful. But there’s a big IF in a statement like that. Wooden floors can be as durable as they are beautiful IF they are installed properly. And any proper installation must begin with an understanding of the continuous relationship between wood and moisture. As a growing […]

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Common Types of Hardwood Floor Finishes

By Ron Smith in Flooring Finishes Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

When installing wood floors, builders, installers, and DIYers need to consider the different wood finishes that were previously installed or are going to be installed. Flooring finishes are usually oil, water, alcohol, or urethane-based. Installing wood floors with healthy and durable finishes also means understanding the moisture interactions between both the floor and the finish. […]

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Veneer Wood Flooring Uncovered

By Tony Morgan in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood floor enthusiasts often opt for the durability and strength of veneer flooring that lets them showcase a particular wood without the expense of solid wood flooring. But producers and consumers both need to know that the wood veneering process can literally be a moisture content (MC) trap. Veneer: A Manufacturing Process An integral wood […]

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Wood Floor Cupping & Other Common Problems: Spotting the Trouble

By Jason Spangler in Moisture Meters Flooring Problems Wood Division Knowledge Base | 57 Comments

Installing hardwood flooring is hard, thoughtful work that, if done properly, can yield lifetimes of warmth, elegance, and beauty in a home or commercial setting. As you eagerly anticipate a successful installation, be aware that problems such as warping, buckling, cupping, and crowning can really ruin your floor and your dream. Fortunately, there is a […]

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Wood Flooring Moisture Content Affected from the Ground Up

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Installers Wood Division Knowledge Base | 2 Comments

The moisture content of wood flooring can always change over time or with changes in the environment. When working to prevent moisture-related problems with wood flooring, there are multiple layers that can contribute to moisture issues immediately or down the road. Simply acclimating and installing the flooring product itself is only one step in a […]

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Protect Your Hardwood Floor from Moisture Problems

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

The range of wood species used for flooring has been increasing far beyond standard domestic Northern Hemisphere softwoods and hardwoods. The choice of species can be motivated by aesthetics, functionality or a sense of environmental responsibility. For the home or business owner, it can seem like a dizzying array of colors, grains, patterns, prices, and […]

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What Thermo-Hygrometers Can Do

By Ron Smith in Products / Tools Wood Division Knowledge Base | 2 Comments

Wood interacts and changes with the relative humidity (RH) changes in its surroundings, so it is wise to continuously measure the moisture content (MC) in wood flooring. Also, it is important to measure the RH during installation and afterward. This way, stakeholders keep an eye on the wood flooring as it reaches its equilibrium moisture […]

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How a Moisture Meter Can Help Find Moisture and Mold Growth

By Ron Smith in Mold Building Inspection | 0 Comment

Can a Moisture Meter Detect Mold? No, a moisture meter can’t detect mold, but moisture meters can accurately detect moisture pockets which might cause mold growth. By using a pinless moisture meter you can check the surface of the area to identify areas with too much moisture. Moisture meters help detect moisture spots with possible […]

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Softwood Floors Just Aren’t as Hard

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Wood lovers sometimes opt for the softwoods of the coniferous trees when installing wood floors. Evergreen trees in the northern hemisphere, such as spruce, cedar, fir (including Douglas-fir) are some softwood species which appeal to those who desire a softer spring beneath their steps.  Pine is the most popular softwood for installing wood floors. However, […]

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Assessing a Home’s Moisture Damage after Natural Disasters

By Ron Smith in Flooding Building Inspection | 0 Comment

Given the element of surprise, disaster response poses many challenges. From hurricanes to floods, disaster relief service organizations and victims cling to collapsible confidence: in the moment, in the future and on the very ground. When nature becomes a disaster, recovery begins by restoring stability and rebuilding. A simple moisture meter is a powerful, surprising […]

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What Is Specific Gravity in Wood?

By Ron Smith in Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

When working with different wood species, specific gravity (SG) is an important concept to understand but is not always one that is clearly understood. Specific gravity can apply to any substance but for the purposes of this article, specific gravity will be examined with reference to various types of wood. What Is Specific Gravity in […]

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Hardwood Lumber Grading Explained

By Ron Smith in All About Wood Wood Division Knowledge Base | 11 Comments

From the moment green timber falls to the moment that lumber is shipped, industry deals with the distinctions of wood: species, sizes, defects and moisture content (MC). Worldwide, lumber producers “grade” softwoods, hardwoods and exotic woods in order to assure builders and consumers of their quality.

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Pin vs. Pinless Moisture Meters Guide

By Ron Smith in Pin vs Pinless Wood Division Knowledge Base | 24 Comments

If you want your wood creations to enjoy a long life, you need to treat the wood right. That’s where moisture meters come in. As a hygroscopic material, the longevity of the wood’s physical integrity and aesthetic quality depends on your understanding of the wood’s moisture condition at the time you want to start working […]

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Watch Moisture Content in Wood Building Studs

By Larry Loffer in Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | 2 Comments

Wood builders have known the value of wood moisture content assessment for generations. However, these times carry a new emphasis on measuring the moisture content of wood studs. Regulatory jurisdictions are expanding in cross-referenced ways to include moisture content measurement of building studs, long ignored by regulations as a safety hazard in wood structures. Times […]

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Common Moisture Meter Mistakes

By Ron Smith in Moisture Meters Products / Tools Wood Division Knowledge Base | 4 Comments

When to Use a Moisture Meter When trying to diagnose or prevent moisture problems in wood flooring and other wood projects, the obvious tool to use is a wood moisture meter; and, it follows, that the first obvious mistake is not to use one. But there are a number of factors to consider when both […]

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Mckinleyville Middle Schoolers Learning about Wood Moisture Content

By Wagner Meters in Moisture Meters Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | Comments Off on Mckinleyville Middle Schoolers Learning about Wood Moisture Content

As Wagner Meters knows, accurate moisture content readings play a key part in the success of any woodworking or wood flooring project. So in April, Wagner Meters donated the MMC220 – their best-selling “Extended Range” pinless moisture meter – to the McKinleyville Middle School Woodworking Program.

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10 Steps to Make the Most of Your Moisture Meter

By Ron Smith in Moisture Meters Tools / Products Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

If you own a Wagner moisture meter, you have one of the best tools on the market for monitoring wood moisture on your job site. The IntelliSense™ technology designed into your meter yields quick and accurate readings of the moisture content (MC) in your materials. Here are the top 10 ways to make the most […]

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Working with Cherry Wood

By Tony Morgan in Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

What is Cherry Wood? American cherry, a.k.a. Prunus serotina is a colorful hardwood used to build furniture featuring a smooth texture and uniformly straight grain. Heartwood lies at the internal core, and cherry’s heartwood colors are a visual treat. The heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown. However, it darkens once exposed to light, which […]

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Types of Bamboo Flooring and the Challenges of Installing

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Bamboo flooring and other bamboo products have been gaining momentum as an environmentally renewable resource for hardwood floors. And there are several reasons why it has. Bamboo is not actually a wood, but a grass. As such, bamboo’s rapid growth and its ability to regrow from harvested roots make it very appealing to those who […]

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The Ecology of World-Friendly Wood Finishes

By Ron Smith in Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

If ever moisture content mattered in wood flooring being finished, it is now. Consumers are diversifying by using more and more exotic wood species for home flooring. As humans return to equilibrium with planet Earth, we are replacing chemicals with fundamental elements such as water. Eco-friendly wood finishes abound, and their quality has evolved to […]

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The Pros and Cons of Knots in Wood

By Ron Smith in All About Wood Wood Division Knowledge Base | 20 Comments

Why Do Trees Have Knots? Knots are imperfections from branches that cause living wood grain to grow around them. These imperfections are just part of what makes wood a beautiful material with which to work, but can also contribute to possible defects in structural strength for construction lumber. Dead branches drop off healthy, living trees […]

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The Moisture Factor in Recycled Wood

By Tony Morgan in Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

The idea of reclaimed lumber is an appealing one. Since nobody is using the wood that you spy with your frugal eye – be it an old barn or a gym floor that’s being replaced – you imagine turning it into that long-desired wood floor or ideal piece of furniture in your home. Great idea! […]

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Green Lumber Compared to Kiln Dried Lumber: Which Kind Do You Need?

By Larry Loffer in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers Kiln Drying | 23 Comments

Forestry, done well, is a combination of science and nature which results in strong, durable wood. However, all wood species are harvested in the “green” condition, which is a term for the properties which behold wood in the wild. There’s Green Wood Many observers would be shocked at the high (“green”) moisture content (MC) of […]

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The Hidden Cost of Moving with Wood Furniture

By Troy Edwards in All About Wood Wood Division Knowledge Base | 1 Comment

Hands up: How many people enjoy moving (moving companies excluded)? Thought so. Yet, we all want to safeguard our belongings from bangs, scrapes and scuffs during the move. However, changes in relative humidity (RH) can have a more profound impact on moving day than any other mishap. Storage and Use Wood’s moisture content is permanently […]

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Avoiding Problems When Mixing Hardwood Floors

By Troy Edwards in Moisture Content Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

When installing wood floors, homeowners and contractors must be attentive to measuring the moisture content (MC) of the flooring prior to installation. Sounds simple enough. However, hybrid building materials increasingly mix multiple wood types together in modern flooring products. Engineered wood flooring uses the selected wood type on the lamella top layer surface; layers beneath […]

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Woodworking Problems: Wood Expansion and Shrinkage

By Ron Smith in Wood Moisture Wood Division Knowledge Base | 1 Comment

The success of a woodworking venture partly depends on upon whether or not allowance has been made for wood expansion and shrinkage. Moisture being released from or absorbed by the wood is what creates the movement. It makes no sense, for instance, to use fresh-cut wood for a project because the wood will undergo a […]

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Engineered Floors Are Still Wood Floors

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

In this day of environmental awareness and ecologically responsible choices, engineered wood is a prime choice for homeowners who are installing wood floors. But builders and consumers still need to remember that engineered products require the same moisture content management as any other wood product, or their good intentions may come undone. The prevalence of […]

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Cedar’s Remarkable Weather Resistance

By Troy Edwards in All About Wood Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 9 Comments

Many people are familiar with Cedar wood for its common uses. Cedar is typically found in outdoor furniture and structures surviving through sun, rain, and snow as well as the wood that saunas are lined with holding up against constant humidity and heat. So what is so special about cedar that makes it so resistant […]

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Considerations That Influence Exotic Hardwood Decisions

By Ron Smith in Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Exotic hardwood evokes gorgeous mental images of indigenous wood species: Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba), Brazilian Teak (Cumaru), Tigerwood and Santos Mahogany. The range of exotic hardwoods available does present a dazzling array of choice. However, builders and consumers must deeply invest in the knowledge needed to safely protect any investment in exotic hardwood flooring installation. In order […]

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American White Oak and Red Oak Qualities & Uses

By Ron Smith in Moisture Meters Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 5 Comments

Oak is among the finest materials used for top quality woodworking projects. This hardwood is strong and beautiful, especially when properly finished. There are many varieties of oak, and it helps in woodworking to know the distinctions of and differences between the various types of stock. Information about both the American white oak and red […]

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Electromagnetic Wave Technology Use in Moisture Meters

By Wagner Meters in Wood Division Knowledge Base | 6 Comments

How Does a Moisture Meter Work? Wagner Meters uses an advanced electromagnetic wave technology in its hand-held moisture meters. This proven technology allows the user to quickly and accurately measure the moisture content (MC) of wood without the time-consuming effort of driving pins into the wood. The meters from Wagner Meters provide instant readings, allowing […]

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Wood Manufacturing Process

By Ron Smith in Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers Kiln Drying | 1 Comment

Lumber drying mills are the industry that turns trees into manufactured wood products. Throughout its transformation process, wood’s inherent moisture content (MC) fluctuates according to the relative humidity (RH) and temperature of the surrounding air. Wood Manufacturing Transformation Process: Head Rig: The primary saw cuts the tree into sawn pieces. Edging: Removing irregular edges and […]

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