Moisture Meters

A moisture meter or a damp meter is a portable instrument designed for measuring the moisture levels in a range of building materials including wood, concrete, brick, and plasterboard.


Why do we need moisture meters?


Early detection of moisture or water damage is essential. Meters help in the prevention of mould growth and structural damage, both are costly to repair and can be detrimental to health and safety.


There are two main categories of moisture meter, Pin type or Pin-less type. Both are handheld and have a screen on the front to display readings. Meters are available in a digital form with a backlit LCD display or alternatively an analogue version with a needle scale. As the meters work in slightly different ways, selecting the best one for the job at hand is dependent on the application and the environment.


Pin type


A pin-type moisture meter works by measuring the amount of electrical resistance between two points. Pin moisture meters have a pair of sharp metal pins at the top of the device. Once the metal pins are inserted into the material a small amount of electrical current is passed between the two spikes. As we all know water or moisture is a good conductor, so the higher the moisture content the lower the resistance value. The measurement is converted into a % of MC (moisture content) within the material.


Pinless type


A pinless moisture meter works by detecting how waveforms are affected by the presence of moisture in a material. The non-destructive meter works best on a flat surface. Clever internal circuitry produces a signal that is sent out through a sensing area on the back of the device. The signal is emitted in the form of electromagnetic waves. The moisture content can be converted into a scalable format to provide a moisture content reading.


Applications


  • Property and construction

Building inspectors use damp meters to help them identify potentially hidden hotspots behind plaster that can cause damage to structures and buildings from moisture build up.


  • Flooring Contractors

Being able to determine the best conditions for laying screed, concrete or wooden floors is crucial. Moisture content in materials and the relative humidity in the room must be carefully considered. Failure to do so can cause issues like distortion, cracking and buckling.


  • Furniture makers and woodworking

Wood naturally has a high moisture content, once dried by air or a kiln meters are used to detect moisture content ensuring the material is dry enough to work with.


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RS Stock No. 146-9080
BrandRS PRO
£12.45
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0.2 → 2 %, 6 → 44 % ±0.2 %, ±2 % Digital Building Materials, Wood - Battery LRAA x 4 - 40 x 20 x 96mm 83g 0°C 96mm 40mm +40°C
RS Stock No. 146-9082
BrandRS PRO
£70.55
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100% - Digital - - Battery AAA - 63 x 30 x 242mm 226g - 242mm 63mm -
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RS Stock No. 179-9513
BrandRS PRO
£185.00
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+200 (IR Temperature) °C, 99.9 (Humidity) %, 99.9 (Moisture) % ±2 (Humidity) %, ±5 (IR Temperature) °C Digital Building Materials, Wood RSCAL Battery - - 70 x 38 x 170mm 280g - 170mm 70mm -
RS Stock No. 146-9081
BrandRS PRO
£34.20
Each
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0.2 → 2 (Building Material) %, 6 → 44 (Wood) % ±0.05 (Materials) %, ±1 (Wood) % Analogue Building Materials, Wood - Battery CR 2032 x 3 - 139 x 47 x 25mm 93g 0°C 139mm 47mm +60°C
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RS Stock No. 179-9510
BrandRS PRO
£77.00
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200 (IR Temperature) °C, 99.9 (Humidity) %, 99.9 (Moisture) % ±2 (Humidity) %, ±5 (IR Temperature) °C Digital Building Materials, Wood - Battery - - 70 x 38 x 170mm 280g - 170mm 70mm -
RS Stock No. 292-341
Mfr. Part No.0560 6060
BrandTesto
£69.00
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50% ±1 % - Concrete, Plaster, Wood - Battery AAA 200 h 119 x 46 x 25mm 90g -10°C 25mm 119mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 264-1007
Mfr. Part No.224-070
£112.85
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28% - Analogue Concrete, Plaster, Wood - Battery 9V 100 h 43 x 91 x 146mm 230g - 146mm 43mm -
RS Stock No. 906-3909
Mfr. Part No.MR160
BrandFLIR
£549.00
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100% ±5 % Digital - - Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion 18 h - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 468-3902
Mfr. Part No.P01156302Z
£181.00
Each
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100% - - Plaster, Wood - Battery 9V - 195 x 60.5 x 38mm 160g 0°C 38mm 195mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 922-6236
Mfr. Part No.MR176
BrandFLIR
£911.00
Each
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+50 (Air Temperature) °C, +50 (Dew Point) °C, 100 (Pinless Moisture), 100 (Relative Humidity) %, 12 (Vapor Pressure) kPa, 30 (Pin Moisture) %, 80 (Mixing Ratio) g/kg ±0.05 (Vapor Pressure) kPa, ±0.25 (Mixing Ratio) g/kg, ±0.6 (Air Temperature) °C, ±1 (Dew Point) °C, ±1.5 (Pin Moisture) %, 2.5 (Relative Humidity) %RH Digital - - Battery 3.7 V Li-Ion Rechargeable 18 h - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 175-4968
Mfr. Part No.MR40
BrandFLIR
£54.00
Each
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60% ±2 % Digital Building Materials, Wood - Battery AAA 70 h 31 x 26 x 193mm 80g -10°C 193mm 31mm +60°C
RS Stock No. 181-2209
Mfr. Part No.MR77
BrandFLIR
£547.77
Each
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+200 (IR Temperature) °C, +77 (Sensor Temperature) °C, 20 (Vapor Pressure) kPa, 99 (Pin Mositure) %, 99 (Relative Humidity) %RH, 99.9 (Pinless Mositure) ±2 (Sensor Temperature) °C, ±2 (Vapor Pressure) %, ±2.5 (Relative Humidity) %RH, ±3.5 (IR Temperature) °C Digital Building Materials, Wood - Battery 9V Battery 100 h 72 x 45 x 139mm 290g 0 139mm 72mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 136-3442
Mfr. Part No.DBS 60-3
BrandKern
£1,102.36
Each
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- - - Moisture Analyser - - - - - - +5°C - - +40°C
RS Stock No. 136-3441
Mfr. Part No.DAB 100-3
BrandKern
£1,009.60
Each
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- - - Moisture Analyser - - - - - - +5°C - - +40°C
RS Stock No. 181-2421
Mfr. Part No.MR59
BrandFLIR
£187.68
Each
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100% - Digital Building Materials, Wood - Battery 9V Battery 40 h 67 x 38 x 240.5mm 245g 0 240.5mm 67mm +50°C
RS Stock No. 181-2420
Mfr. Part No.MR55
BrandFLIR
£124.82
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60 (Temperature) °C, 80 (Relative Humidity) %, 99 (Building Material) % ±1 (Temperature) °C, ±2 (Building Material) %, ±2 (Relative Humidity) % Digital Building Materials, Wood - Battery AA 70 h 58 x 33 x 188mm 160 (with battery)g 0 188mm 58mm +60°C
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