The Benefits of an All-in-One Moisture Meter

Posted by Tom Laurenzi on Dec 21, 2015 10:55:00 AM

Pros and Cons of all in one moisture metersDepending on what project you are working on, moisture detection may require only one specific type of moisture testing device such as a:

  • pin-type moisture meter
  • pinless moisture meter
  • thermo-hygrometer

But, what if the project you are working on had a variety of surface or material types and would be completed more efficiently and effectively with the use of both pin and pinless or pin meters, or pin, pinless and thermo-hygrometer meters?

Having an all-in-one moisture meter allows for more tool box space, speed, accuracy and utility.

Both pin-type and pinless moisture meters have their individual benefits; pin meters are more precise, and pinless meters scan larger, areas faster. If the project requires both functions of a pin and a pinless moisture meter, then an all-in-one moisture meter may be more ideal.

The Benefits of Using an All-in-One Moisture Meter

Below are just a few benefits of using an all-in-one moisture meter:

  • More tool box space

Since an all-in-one moisture meter combines all of the functions of pin moisture meters, pinless meters and thermo-hygrometers, having an all-in-one meter frees up some space in your tool box; instead of having to carry three separate tools, you can simply carry around one tool that satisfies the needed functions of all three moisture testing device types.

  • More speed and accuracy to pinpoint moisture pockets

Instead of having to switch between a pin-type meter, a pinless meter and a thermo-hygrometer, all-in-one moisture meters allow you to have all three devices at your disposal. This enables you to use the pinless scanning mode to take multiple readings of a large area to find a moisture pocket, and then easily transition to using the meter’s pins to find the exact location and depth of that moisture pocket.

  • More utility

Using an all-in-one meter prepares you for a larger variety of tasks such as scanning moisture content in both flat surfaces and grooved or textured materials. For accurate readings, both would be done by two different meter types; whereas the all-in-one meter allows for more utility on the job.

Moisture Meter Technology

All-in-one moisture meters do have some limitations. Because they normally combine more features than a single-function meter, all-in-one meters may be rquire a higher learning curve for new users to become comfortable with the meter.

Below are a few features of some Delmhorst’s all-in-one moisture meters:

TotalCheck is a three in one moisture meter that allows you to store readings and download them to a spreadsheet.

Pin Mode:

  • 5%-60% wood scale.
  • Corrects for 69 individual wood species and temperature.
  • 0-100 numerical reference scale for non-wood building materials.

Scan Mode:

  • 0-300 numerical reference scale

QuickNav is an easy to use three in one moisture meter without storage or download capabilities. It offers all the versatility of a 3-in-1 moisture meter.

Pin Mode:

  • Pin penetration depth of 5/16”
  • Scan depth of ¾”
  • Correction scales for wood and drywall
  • Moisture range of 6-60% on wood and 0.1-6% on drywall

Scan Mode:

  • Range of 0-300 numerical reference scale
  • RH/T Range of 0-100% RH

TechCheck PLUS is a two in one meter.

Pin Mode:

  • 0 .1% - 6% dry wall scale
  • 6% - 60% MC wood scale

Scan Mode:

  • Spanish language option
  • Built in back-light
  • Auto shut off                    
  • Audible, adjustable alarm that alerts you when your pre-selected MC has been reached.  

Making the Right Moisture Meter Choice

Choosing an all-in-one moisture meter is dependent on the project you are using the meter for. Delmhorst offers pin-type meters, pinless meters, thermo-hygrometers and various types of all-in-one moisture meters that are designed to handle a variety of project types.

You can learn more about the features and various packages Delmhorst offers in their types of restoration meters here.

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