Using Wood Filler to Repair Wood Floors

Using Wood Filler to Repair Wood Floors

By Larry Loffer in Moisture Meters Flooring Problems Wood Information | 0 Comment

No matter how careful we are, nicks, dents, and mistakes happen more than we would like to admit in our industry, and it’s common practice to fill in nail holes and minor gaps with close-matching wood filler. When extreme repairs are required on severely-damaged areas, these situations often require board replacement. Using wood filler on […]

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Acceptable Moisture Levels in Wood – Knowing the Moisture Content

By Larry Loffer in Moisture Meters Wood Moisture Wood Information | 4 Comments

The acceptable moisture levels in wood depend on the final use of the wood, the type and thickness of the wood, and the average relative humidity (RH) in the environment where the wood is to be used. Based on common guidelines or recommendations, the acceptable moisture level for wood objects used indoors is generally 6% […]

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Select Hardwoods: Kiln Drying Lumber for Over 3 Generations

By Larry Loffer in Industry Information Kiln Drying Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

Select Hardwoods, a kiln drying division of Church & Church Lumber Company in Millers Creek, North Carolina, has a proud tradition of providing Appalachian hardwood to a global market. Appalachian hardwood, valued for its color, grain structure, and other attributes, and the quality of Church & Church’s products, have opened markets for the forest products […]

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D.R. Johnson Wood Innovation Works With New Cross Laminated Timber

By Larry Loffer in Industry Information Other Topics Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations: Quality Wood Products since 1967 D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, located in Riddle, Oregon, is seeing tremendous potential for engineered wood products in modern construction, where concrete and steel have been the construction materials of choice for many years. One new product, cross-laminated timber (CLT), holds tremendous promise in this regard and […]

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Shelton Structures: Where Presentation Matters

By Larry Loffer in Forest Products Industry Information | 0 Comment

1977, a new company opened for business in Shelton, Washington. “It was started by my grandfather and father, who called it ‘Shelton Structures‘,” said President Paul Ericson. The business model focused on one product to begin with, but that didn’t last. “The product they made at that time was structural glued laminate (glulam) beams for […]

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Making Drums from Old Wine Barrels: PM Percussion

By Larry Loffer in Wood Shop Wood Information | 0 Comment

In Northern California, Peter Musser has been working in an interesting niche since 2002: making conga drums out of old wine barrels. “I was building drums out of local hardwood for years when a friend brought an old Cuban drum in for repair,” Musser explained. “I noticed that it was oak and that all the […]

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Huntwood Industries: World Class Cabinet Maker

By Larry Loffer in Industry Information Other Topics Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

In Liberty Lake, Washington, the largest privately-owned cabinet maker in the West occupies a 567,000 sq. ft. facility. But it’s taken over two decades to reach that point, as Maintenance and Facilities Manager Terry Bill explains. “Back in the 1980s, the mill was owned by the Spokane Indian Tribe and the bank was foreclosing on […]

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Finally, the Truth about Wood Finishes

By Larry Loffer in Wood Information | 15 Comments

It was sometime in the late 1970s when Bob Flexner opened his furniture making and restoration shop. Just like any other artisan, he felt immense satisfaction and a deep sense of pride and accomplishment in crafting and restoring furniture; naturally, he became quite good at it. When it came to wood finishing, however, that was […]

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8 More Essential Tools for Hardwood Flooring Installation

By Larry Loffer in Moisture Meters Tools / Products Wood Information | 0 Comment

Last year, Wagner Meters wrote about 24 tools professional installers find essential on a hardwood floor job site. Now, we’re bringing you eight more essential tools that will help make any job easier and more efficient. Preparation Tools 1. Flooring Buffer Floor buffers are used for removing sealants on subfloors. Sealant removal is especially important […]

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Boosting Lumber Mill Profits with Moisture Measurement

By Larry Loffer in Forest Products Industry Information Lumber Mills Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

Hardwoods of Michigan, Inc., headquartered in Clinton, Michigan, has successfully developed and maintained a lumber quality control program that focuses on moisture content. As a result, it has improved its process efficiency, maximized output and, most important of all, optimized profits. Over the years, this 100-person operation has expanded its facilities to include a sawmill, […]

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Swanson Group Stud Mill Stays on Leading Tech Edge

By Larry Loffer in Industry Information Lumber Mills Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

Using Wagner Meters’ In-line Moisture Measurement Systems, Swanson Group Improves Yields while Maintaining Quality A company with over 60 years of operating experience learns a few things along the way. Swanson Group is one such company. Founded in 1951, Swanson Group has stayed competitive through a strategic combination of grounding values and technological innovation. Indeed, […]

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Moisture and Humidity Measurement Still Crucial for Engineered Flooring

By Larry Loffer in Flooring Types Wood Information Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 16 Comments

Written by Wagner Meters, published first by ProInstaller (Summer 2014 issue). Nearly 75 years ago, Swedish wood flooring company Kahrs introduced engineered wood flooring. As an alternative to hardwood floors, engineered wood flooring is comprised of a relatively thin layer of hardwood glued to a core of plywood or some type of fiberboard that’s not […]

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Forest to Finished – Wood Moisture at Different Stages

By Larry Loffer in Wood Moisture Wood Information | 2 Comments

Because wood constantly interacts with moisture in its environment, it can lead to questions about measuring wood moisture content (MC) at different stages of the wood’s life cycle. What happens at the lumber mill? How stable is kiln-dried lumber? What about during manufacturing? What about my wood floor or furniture? Finished wood shouldn’t need moisture […]

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What Is Equilibrium Moisture Content?

By Larry Loffer in Wood Moisture Wood Information | 21 Comments

Equilibrium moisture content is the moisture level where the wood neither gains nor loses moisture since it is at equilibrium with the relative humidity of the surrounding environment. In order to properly understand the effect of relative humidity on the moisture content of a piece of wood and the equilibrium with its environment, a basic understanding of some commonly-used terminologies […]

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Relative Humidity and Moisture Content: An Environment of Change

By Larry Loffer in Moisture Content Wood Information Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

Determining wood moisture content (MC) is not like measuring the length of a nail–it is not a truly static trait of any piece of wood lumber, or even of a finished wood product. The changes might be small enough to go unnoticed–your bookshelf seems pretty stable, right? Or, they might be large enough to cause […]

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36 Year Old Wagner Meters 667 Moisture Measurement System Still Running

By Larry Loffer in Industry Information Other Topics Forest Products Articles | 0 Comment

Vintage Wagner Meters Moisture Measurement System Still Running Strong after 36 Years! “It’s amazing but true,” says Gerry Lane, President of Allen Logging Co. in Forks, Washington. Just recently, Larry Loffer, Wagner’s Sr. Industrial Systems Technician, received a call from Gerry Lane up in the far reaches of the forests on the Olympic Peninsula in […]

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