Comparison of Material Costs and Labor Hours for Floor Moisture Tests

TEST METHODCALCIUM CHLORIDE MOISTURE VAPOR EMISSION RATE TESTING ASTM F1869 VAPOR EMISSION TESTING ASTM F1859RAPID RH® L6 WITH TOUCH-N-SENSE TECHNOLOGY ASTM F2170
Materials NeededMVER kits; surface grinder, vacuum, scrapers, precision gram scaleRapid RH Total Reader and Smart Sensors; 3/4-in drill bit and drill; brush and vacuum
Prepare Test LocationsClean the floor: scrape and grind to remove debris and make a clean surface



1 hour 5 minutes
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Prepare the TestCheck integrity of sealed calcium chloride packages. Open packages, weigh dishes, record weight, date and time.



1 hour 5 minutes
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Place the TestRemove tape from dishes, remove cover and invert, place on concrete, install domes, press to seal check if seal is airtight.



1 hour 5 minutes
Drill holes

Vacuum dust

Insert



1 hour 5 minutes
Protect the TestInstall CAUTION tape, build wooden frame, or otherwise mark to avoid damage.



2 hours
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Obtain Results
(after required ASTM equilibration time)
Check airtightness of seals; cut open domes, retrieve dishes, invert covers, retape, weigh dishes, and calculate results. NOTE: ASTM F1869 requires test to sit 72 hours before obtaining test results.



2 hours 10 minutes
Insert Total Reader. NOTE: ASTM F2170 requires test to equilibrate for just 24 hours before taking documentable readings.



3.5 Minutes
CleanupScrape sealant from concrete; dispose domes, dishes, used calcium chloride, sealant.


20 minutes
Trowel one tablespoon patching compound onto each hole.


7 Minutes
Material Costs for 13 Tests$147.95 (for 13 tests)$600 (includes 15 Smart Sensors and 1 Total Reader)
Total Time to Obtain Readings (on first 13 tests)72 Hours2 Hours
Total Time Required to Obtain Testing Data78.5 Hours10 Minutes
Material Costs to Obtain Testing Data$147.95 (13 kits)--
Total Time158 Hours 15 Minutes3 Hours 25.5 Minutes

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