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Old 06-01-2018, 11:19 AM   #1
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Will a few days in a row of high humidity throw off my acclimation?


I've had 3/4" oak flooring in the house for a month now while I worked weekends to rip out and replace old flooring/subfloors, etc. Subflooring has been in the house for close to 2 weeks now already.

I left it in the cardboard but stickered it, figuring the circulation would help. I figured after a month I wouldn't have anything to worry about.

I am getting ready to finally lay it down, but the last 2 or 3 days has had rain and high humidity, but even though the A/C and dehumidifier's been cranking it's still been around 60%+ in here.

Do I have to worry about these few days throwing off the moisture content in the flooring?

I went out and bought a little moisture meter, but what do you know I don't get any readings on it for the flooring. Subfloor shows between 7 and 11, depending on where I stick it, but I am starting to think the meter is junk.

Does anyone have any thoughts other than "buy a good meter" which I can't seem to find in stores anywhere, other than ordering.

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For accuracy, cut a sample a few inches from the end of a piece then use this - formula - for an accurate measure of moisture. About 3-4 Oz. of wood weighed on a postal scale, dried in the microwave not exceeding 200F, and dried until the sample ceases to loose weight.
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Re: Will a few days in a row of high humidity throw off my acclimation?


It acclimates to the house, not the outside.
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It acclimates to the house, not the outside.

I realize this - the humidity of the house, at least as measured by my thermometer/weather station doohicky, has been reading high as well, thanks to the outside.


Everything I read says you should be 30-50% RH in the house, but damn if that seems really dry to me. It's been low to mid 50s for a few weeks, and I'm in northeastern NY, not like I'm on some coast line or down south somewhere.
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Everything I read says you should be 30-50% RH in the house, but damn if that seems really dry to me.

Seems really dry to me too. I know my home will not see 40% RH humidity until next January. It will never see 30%.

I put in some engineered flooring last year and tried to keep my home around 50% RH for the acclimation and install. Engineered is less sensitive to humidity changes, and I was told it did not matter, but I wanted humidity to be about halfway between winter and summer levels anyways.

But if all else fails, follow manufacturer's instructions.

I doubt a few days of rain will throw off the acclimation, but that is just my opinion. I have no way of backing up that statement.

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According to your thinking you will never get the floor installed.
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I agree with Ron45. So the humidity rises in the house? That is acclimation after the fact. It will happen. Then the humidity will lower. It's like a see saw, although it doesn't have as much swing as it would outside.
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