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Tips on Checking the Moisture Level of Wood

Use this advice to learn how to check the moisture content of wood before choosing pieces for your next project.

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Photo 1 of 4Seven percent is the ideal moisture content level for building.

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When choosing wood for your projects, take a careful look at the moisture content of the wood and the part of the log from which the wood was produced.

A moisture meter indicates the moisture content of the wood -- which changes as the wood dries. Place the moisture meter against a piece of wood to determine the moisture content. You may get different readings at different places on the wood, but 7 percent is the ideal moisture content level for building.

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