Do you own a Damp Meter

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  1. Jim

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    If so, what model? Is it any good?

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    Mines a cheap Lidl one with the prongs. Never knew any better when I bought it. Really should have got an unintrusive type.
    We all live and learn.
     
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    A recent thread here Jim
     
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    I have the one that Aldi sells and last time I had a van inspected by a NCC approved guy I followed him round with my meter to see what the difference was. He was quite impressed with the Aldi one,as his only had a light sequence on him to inform him of damp. I.e. green no damp, amber slight damp and red serious damp. The aldi one has a percentage scale and he reckoned it was a good instrument.
     
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  5. Bailey58

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    I bought this one 3 years ago for checking a damp north wall in the house but does a good job on the logs too. Pah, it's £10 cheaper now. :(

    Edit: Looking at the other thread it's cheaper than @Geo's link on ebay.

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    Yup got the same - from Amazon - was recommended at the time by Funsters [think I bought it before I took delivery of the van :whistle: such is the power of MHF]

    £15

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    Worth it - used it, found damp, got it repaired under warranty.
     
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  7. Gromett

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    If you are going to be using it regularly, then going to the expense of a Protimeter would be worth considering.

    I had one when I had a coach built, excellent bit of kit.
     
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    PS: Mine was a BLD2000
     
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    Dont own a damp meter because i know the principle behind them but never been shown how to use them properly.

    I understand they are useful but in the wrong hands they can be as good as useless. Thats what i think anyway .

    Saying that though i should really buy one to at least have a chance to learn.
     
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    I DO I DO I DO I DO WHEY HEY HEY I've done something right that's technical. :) . Don't know how you use it but I guess I'm half way there. :)
     
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    Perhaps MHF should hold a damp testing tutorial rally...
    It is certainly one topic which concerns a lot of motorhomers
     
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    I used to use them years ago when I was working they were called moisture meters then and the trade standard ones were as Grommet has said the Protimeter they are not the cheapest but were constantly in use and had to be checked and calibrated yearly and certified and they were always within tolerances, you could get various attachments for testing different products, I think the non invasive type was the dearest model but did not leave any holes .I bought the aldi prong type one and had it checked against the expensive one and it matched it but you have to selective where you use it unless you don't mind two small holes in your surfaces.
     
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    It wouldn't be much FUN finding all that damp though.
    Maybe The Dark Side or Caravan Club should organise it?:)
     
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    CEM DT128, had it about 5 years.
    Good meter, good price too.
     
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    As long as we have a Swift owner along to make sure the meter works. (y)
     
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    I have one from Maplins, however was not happy sticking the 2 pins in all over the van..

    Bought a Non Invasive one from ebay china for £23 ish as in picture.. After every hab check i have compared reading and its never far out with the engineers.. My view, even with a non calibrated cheap meter you can check the van and see the average readings, if you find a spot that gives a higher reading then at least you are aware it needs further investigation...
     

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    I had my protimeter for 7 years before selling it. I had it calibrated before selling it on and it was still 100% with no drift at all. It had built in probes and a fly lead set of probes. The meter was graduated with figures but also had red/amber/green lights to make it clear what was good etc. Helped me track down a hole left by the solar panel fitters....

    I am old school and prefer the ones with probes.
     
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    Got the same one, seems to work a treat. It says my hand has got damp but the walls, mostly, are dry.
     
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    Damp Caravanner of the year

    Grenville the CC Chairman would be up for it. Might be more exciting than the other show.
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    Yes - cheap from Maplins (with prongs).
    No - it's no good for motorhome use but now has new employment as a log tester before burning logs on the stove.
     
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