Why Knowing pH and RH is Essential to Flooring Success

Why Knowing pH and RH is Essential to Flooring Success

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Chemistry Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 0 Comment

Flooring contractors who work with concrete floor slabs may need to take both pH and RH (relative humidity) levels of concrete into serious consideration before attempting to install any flooring materials or risk costly project failures. The Basics of pH in Concrete When water dissolves additives in liquid, the liquid will have either an acid […]

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Laying the Foundation to Ensure Your Flooring Is Installed on Dry Concrete

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® Drying | 0 Comment

As the flooring contractor, you’re one of the last people to “touch” the floor. The floor covering you install is just the top layer of a deep stack of materials and other people’s efforts – but if moisture problems occur, who gets the first call? You. Did you pour the concrete too? You’re definitely getting […]

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How to Prepare a Concrete Floor for Coatings

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® On the Site / Construction | 1 Comment

Believe it or not, when it comes to applying coatings to a concrete floor slab, it’s not enough just to cast your eyes on the surface – and if it looks dry – think that it’s ready. To avoid the costly problems that can happen after installing coatings, there are two crucial steps you must […]

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RH Testing and That 72-Hour Wait: How Do You Manage It?

By Jason Spangler in ASTM Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 0 Comment

Written by Wagner Meters, first published in The Commercial Flooring Report (July 2016 issue) Anticipation is a good thing if you’re watching a spy-thriller. Waiting 72 hours for concrete moisture sensors to equilibrate – less fun. (But perhaps still more fun than watching paint dry.) It’s especially frustrating now that research has validated the contention […]

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5 Ways to Speed up Your Concrete Moisture Testing

By Jason Spangler in RH Testing Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 2 Comments

First published in Tile Magazine (Jan-Feb 2016 issue) Project timelines always seem to put contractors on tight schedules. You know the concrete requires the time it needs to dry before the flooring can be installed, but everyone else constantly pushes to get it done faster. Nobody wants the cost of having to delay decisions because […]

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Expanded DataMaster™ Now an Easy-to-Use Mobile App

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® Concrete Products / Tools | 0 Comment

We were pretty proud when our Rapid RH® DataMaster™ won “Most Innovative Product Industry Choice Award for Concrete Construction Equipment” at the World of Concrete 2013 trade show. However, one of our hallmarks here at Wagner Meters is to always stay ahead of the curve by never being satisfied. Which is why we’re even happier […]

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24 or 72 Hours: Which Number for Rapid RH® Testing?

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 8 Comments

Watch as Jason Spangler relates some key findings of a soon-to-be-released laboratory study. Here, Jason reveals: what the study shows about how accurately the RapidRH sensors “equilibrate” within the first hour… and how this underscores Wagner’s long-held design principles; a surprising (to some folks, at least) finding about the sensors’ 24, 48, and 72-hour readings… […]

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The Ugly Truth: How Moisture Can Ruin Your Decorative Concrete

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 12 Comments

Excess moisture doesn’t just evaporate; it takes your design with it. You can preserve your design and the concrete with proper moisture testing before stains and sealers are applied. Beauty and strength converge in decorative concrete. Like a good acid stain, they fuse together to create a durable, pleasing floor that literally becomes the foundation […]

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Moving Toward a More Eco-Friendly Cement

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 0 Comment

Second only to water, concrete is the earth’s most highly utilized material. It’s estimated that on a global scale, we use more than 25 billion tons of new concrete annually—more than three tons of concrete per person. As China, India and other countries continue to industrialize, global use of concrete will only grow. Why does […]

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Concrete Moisture Test Methods Revolutionized in Recent Years

By Jason Spangler in Concrete Moisture & Rapid RH® | 0 Comment

The scope of flooring materials and adhesives to be installed atop concrete has significantly expanded over the years, bringing not only greater choices but new moisture-related challenges. Fortunately, in recent years, we’ve also gained a keener understanding of how best to test for moisture in concrete. Applying stricter scientific scrutiny to the options for testing […]

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