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How to Choose the Right Type of Wood for a DIY Project

How to Choose the Right Type of Wood for a DIY Project

You’re new to DIY woodworking but eager to get started. You’ve sourced all the needed tools and can’t wait to put them to use. All that’s left to do is get some wood for your project!

But when you arrive at your local hardware store or lumberyard, there are so many options! Which one should you choose?

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How to Care for Your Wood Moisture Meter

How to Care for Your Wood Moisture Meter

Caring for your moisture meter is essential to protecting the investment you made and making sure it gives you moisture measurements when you most need them.

After all, your moisture meter will give you the most accurate readings when it isn’t dirty, damaged, or wet.

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Common Moisture Meter Errors and Solutions

Common Moisture Meter Errors and Solutions

You might suspect that your moisture meter is giving incorrect readings, but how do you actually know?

Well, there are a few methods that you can use to determine if your moisture meter is providing incorrect readings.

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Wood Subfloor Moisture Issues: How to Fix and Prevent Them

Wood Subfloor Moisture Issues: How to Fix and Prevent Them

When you look at a beautiful floor, you might not realize that in order for that floor to be installed, several layers need to come before it, including the subfloor.

That’s why this page is all about subfloor issues, and specifically, we’ll be talking about wood subfloor material rather than concrete subfloors.

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Don’t Let Moisture Sabotage Your Concrete Subfloor

Don’t Let Moisture Sabotage Your Concrete Subfloor

You notice boards in your hardwood have begun twisting upward and cupping. What happened?

Perhaps your wood floor is installed over concrete. Moisture in concrete subfloors poses a major issue for the wood flooring above it. This is why we want to equip you with the knowledge to address the issue and prevent it.

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Can You Fix Damaged Hardwood Flooring

Can You Fix Damaged Hardwood Flooring

How do you know whether or not damage to your hardwood floor can even be repaired? What if it has to be replaced?

Well, if you have those questions, you’re in luck because this article will address exactly that.

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How to Repair and Prevent Moisture Damage to Wood Cabinets

How to Repair and Prevent Moisture Damage to Wood Cabinets

Those kitchen cabinet doors don’t seem to fit together quite as smoothly as they did before. And is the wood starting to swell a bit in that one spot?

It sounds like your cabinets have some moisture damage. But don’t worry! We’re here to talk about dealing with these issues.

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A Luthier’s Guide to the Moisture Content of Tonewood

A Luthier’s Guide to the Moisture Content of Tonewood

Handcrafted wooden musical instruments are works of art. But there’s one factor above every other factor that must be guarded against: dampness.

Thankfully, it’s a preventable problem. Read on to learn what you need to know about wooden musical instruments and moisture content.

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10 Tools That Your Woodworking Tool Box Needs

10 Tools That Your Woodworking Tool Box Needs

Whenever you start a new hobby or project, there’s a learning curve. It takes time to figure out the tools and supplies you need and how to use them.

That’s why we’ve created a list of 10 tools that your woodworking tool box needs—curated from hobbyists and DIY woodworkers who’ve gone before you

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Pinless Moisture Meters: A Beginner’s Guide

Pinless Moisture Meters: A Beginner’s Guide

You might be wondering, “What’s the difference between pin meters and pinless meters?”

If so, you’re in the right place!

In this article, we will talk about everything you need to know about pinless moisture meters.

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes with a Moisture Meter

How to Avoid Common Mistakes with a Moisture Meter

Getting ready to use your wood moisture meter for the first time?

Or perhaps you’ve been using one and running into problems.

You’re not alone! That’s why we want to equip you with the know-how to avoid mistakes that skew moisture meter readings. You’ll know how to use a moisture meter properly and be on your way to greater success in your projects.

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Why You Need a Moisture Meter

Why You Need a Moisture Meter

Moisture meters test the moisture content in wood or other types of material. But you may be wondering, “Do I really need one?”

In short, the answer is yes!

Read the article to help you make an informed decision.

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The Why, When, and How of Measuring Moisture in Wood Flooring

The Why, When, and How of Measuring Moisture in Wood Flooring

Measuring the moisture in your wood flooring prior to installation is one of the best things you can do to avoid moisture-related damage in the future.

That’s why, in this article, we’re going to give you the information you need to know to make wise decisions when it comes to wood moisture.

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How to Read a Wood Moisture Meter

How to Read a Wood Moisture Meter

You’ve measured the moisture content of your wood using a moisture meter, and you’re looking at the number on the screen.

Now what?

What does the number mean? And how does it make a difference in your project?

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Best Practices for Acclimating Wood Flooring

Best Practices for Acclimating Wood Flooring

In a previous article, we learned why wood floor acclimation is one of the most important steps that you can take when you are starting a new wood flooring project.

Now, in this article, we’re going to discuss the “how” of wood acclimation.

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What is Wood Acclimation and Do I Really Need to Do It?

What is Wood Acclimation and Do I Really Need to Do It?

Acclimation is when you allow wood to adjust to its new environment.

Many of the things that can go wrong when you work with wood are due to moisture, and usually, acclimating wood to the environment where it’s going to be used or installed is a great way to prevent moisture-related failures.

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EMC—what is it and why does it matter?

EMC—what is it and why does it matter?

What is EMC, and how could ignoring it potentially ruin your wood projects?

If you want the answer, keep reading.

What is EMC?

EMC, or equilibrium moisture content, is the point at which a wood board neither gains nor loses moisture.

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