I want a damp meter!

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by Munchie, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    8,831
    Location:
    Champagnac-La-Riviere
    Ratings:
    +14,145
    Just for checking the van out from time to time.

    I want a good non invasive one.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,102
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +28,379
    • Like it Like it x 4
  3. chaser

    chaser Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Messages:
    9,412
    Location:
    uttoxeter
    Ratings:
    +15,249
    Ends of your fingers, or your nose!
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  4. Wildman

    Wildman

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Messages:
    15,458
    Location:
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    Ratings:
    +8,647
    dip your multimeter in a bowl of water of course.
     
  5. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    7,811
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Ratings:
    +20,224
    I just borrowed one an hour ago. Was very impressed how it picked up on our little bit damp. Will need to find out the make of it as I think we will be buying one too.
     
  6. IanF

    IanF Funster

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    2,440
    Location:
    Redcar- N.Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +846
  7. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,102
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +28,379
    thanks.. I practiced around the house and on bits of damp timber stored outside and in the shed..
     
  8. SteveB123

    SteveB123 Funster

    Joined:
    May 23, 2012
    Messages:
    225
    Location:
    Anglesey
    Ratings:
    +260
  9. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    27,343
    Location:
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    Ratings:
    +38,554
    I bought one of these after seeing it recommended on here. It seems to work OK but the sensor is on the back so Jim's is probably a lot easier to use in confined/awkward places.
     
  10. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    8,831
    Location:
    Champagnac-La-Riviere
    Ratings:
    +14,145
    Thanks to all! (y)
     
  11. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    6,314
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    Ratings:
    +4,287
    Found mine useful in the house. A replacement window fitting had damaged the membrane over the lintel and water was coming in . Now all fixed.
     
  12. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    7,327
    Location:
    Kettering
    Ratings:
    +19,124

    Ordered one yesterday, arrived today. Looks like a good bit of kit.

    As a guideline what sort of figures would we expect for:

    Fine
    OK but keep an eye on it
    Borderline
    Damp
    Wet
    Panic
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  13. DP_JAY

    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,845
    Location:
    Cark, Cumbria
    Ratings:
    +1,152
    Under 20 = OK
    20 to 50 = Damp
    Over 50 It's a boat, not a camper.
    Great bit of kit but remember, it measures cunductivity, so keep your fingers away from the ball in use.
    Readings will be affected by cables & metalwork etc. so practice a lot till you get the "feel" of it.
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  14. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    7,327
    Location:
    Kettering
    Ratings:
    +19,124
    Thanks (y)
     
  15. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,102
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +28,379
    as @jay said..

    look for changes rather than set readings.. do an annual check and compare to previous readings..

    as said you will get a 'feel for it'..
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  16. schojac

    schojac

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    339
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Ratings:
    +234
    Just purchased one of these; currently cheapest I've seen for a while - £49 inc P&P
     
  17. schojac

    schojac

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    339
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Ratings:
    +234
    I don't believe it, bugger and all that.

    Thought I would give the van a good going over with my new meter :) "as above link"

    3 inch circular damp patch discovered at one of the awning connection points. The main benefit I have now found with this type of meter, is that it is possible to constantly track the readings as the ball is moved over the test area. This allows the damp area to be quite accurately plotted which is not possible with a pin type.

    Thanks ScotJimland for link; £49.00 well spent and recommended.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  18. Charlie

    Charlie Funster

    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,933
    Location:
    Herefordshire / Worcestershire borders .
    Ratings:
    +4,532
    • Like it Like it x 1
  19. Baggers53

    Baggers53

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2013
    Messages:
    187
    Location:
    Stafford
    Ratings:
    +248
    My CEM non contact moisture meter DT 128 arrived today.....I have been practicing and this seems like a good bit of kit....thanks to all who contributed...Mike
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  20. JJ

    JJ Funster

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    15,850
    Location:
    Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
    Ratings:
    +36,576
    Damp?

    Damp meters?

    Never used one on my vans, ever.

    What I don't know, I don't worry about.

    Worry would damage me more than a bit of moisture!


    JJ :cool:
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
Loading...

Share This Page