Cupping and Crowning: Spotting Trouble in Your Wood Floors

Cupping and Crowning: Spotting Trouble in Your Wood Floors

By Ron Smith in Flooring Problems Wood Flooring Knowledge Base | 1 Comment

Installing wood floors is a big decision. Wood lovers eagerly anticipate successful installation and they watch for problems. However, many homeowners and installers do not recognize that the wood moisture content (MC) of the wood flooring optimally must be measured and monitored before, during and after installation for the lifetime of the wood floor. Seasons […]

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Wood Floor Installation – Avoiding Moisture Problems at Every Stage

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

When working to prevent moisture-related problems with wood flooring, there are multiple layers that can contribute to moisture issues. Simply acclimating and installing the flooring product itself is only one step in a series that should be included when installing wood flooring products. The Concrete Slab “I’m a wood flooring specialist; why would I need […]

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Exotic Hardwood Floors – Protect Your Investment

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Flooring 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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Thermo-Hygrometers: The Humidity Tools of Choice

By Ron Smith in Wood Flooring Knowledge Base Products / Tools | 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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The Long and the Mold of It

By Ron Smith in Mold Building Inspection | 0 Comment

Humans have reason to attach negative connotations to mold. When food goes bad, mold appears. When a living space contains too much unventilated moisture, mold grows. Leaves rot on the ground and form mold. Fabric stored in damp places gets its musty smell from the presence of mold. More seriously, mold releases chemicals and spores […]

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Softwood Floors: Not as Hard as You May Think

By Ron Smith in Flooring Types Wood Flooring 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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Ground Zero of Disaster Relief

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?

By Ron Smith in Woodworking Knowledge Base Wood Moisture | 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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Explaining Hardwood Lumber Grading

By Ron Smith in All About Wood Woodworking Knowledge Base | 0 Comment

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: Accuracy That Still Stands

By Ron Smith in Woodworking Knowledge Base Pin vs Pinless | 6 Comments

“Accuracy” in wood moisture meters is an often misunderstood or misused term. Every moisture meter manufacturer will claim that their products are accurate. But in determining a wood moisture meter’s accuracy, there are a number of factors to consider. So what do you need to look at to determine which is the best moisture meter […]

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