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06-18-2019 09:05 PM

Hi,
Anyone use a hydrometer in the workshop?


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#1 posted 06-18-2019 09:28 PM

I have a small electronic one to let me know humidity. I try to not let it get too high in the summer.

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#2 posted 06-18-2019 09:47 PM

Do you mean hydrometer (liquid density) or hygrometer (humidity)? I’ve got a digital hygrometer in my shop that was originally the interior sensor on a wireless weather center that shows temperature and humidity.

Not much use in a woodworking shop for a hydrometer. Last time I used one was almost 40 years ago in my Forest Soils class lab that we used to determine the relative amounts of mineral and organic content of soils.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 06-18-2019 10:31 PM

I use one in my aquarium

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 12:29 AM

I bought one of these but for what reason I have no clue,
https://www.amazon.com/Stihl-Wood-Digital-Moisture-Meter/dp/B0056TLHIE
Seems to work ok

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 02:35 PM

I monitor humidity in my shop with a fairly good quality gauge that was sitting in a drawer for years. Not that it changes much (seems to stay around 25%) and not that I can do much to control it, but “fun” never the less 8^(

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#6 posted 06-19-2019 02:51 PM

I have a hygrometer in my basement shop. Mainly to ensure the dehumidifier is doing its job to keep RH around 50%

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 06-19-2019 04:28 PM

OK, I’m lost (that’s no surprise)...but is the question about a hydrometer, or a hygrometer??? I’m just trying to keep up. Years ago I used a hydrometer to check my car batteries, and i still have one (I think) to check anti freeze. My Kestrel has a hygrometer (of sorts).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 06-19-2019 05:28 PM

Sorry about my mistake, meant to type hygrometer.
Seems to be many are reported as inaccurate. I am just not sure one would be of great value considering the reported inaccuracies. I was thinking of getting a dehumidifier and the HYGROMETER may be of some help in the overall scheme of things. So question has anyone found a good one for under a $100?
Jim

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#9 posted 06-19-2019 06:48 PM

OK, my Kestrel 3000 hand weather meter is a little higher than that, but seems to reliably report relative humidity. At least it matches up with what the weather folks report. I bought mine for other purposes, but I have used it from time to time on indoor humidity readings (in the house, not in the shop).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 06-19-2019 07:28 PM


Sorry about my mistake, meant to type hygrometer.
Seems to be many are reported as inaccurate. I am just not sure one would be of great value considering the reported inaccuracies. I was thinking of getting a dehumidifier and the HYGROMETER may be of some help in the overall scheme of things. So question has anyone found a good one for under a $100?
Jim

- nitehorse

If you really need the accuracy then your best bet at that price point is probably a sling psychrometer, like this one.

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#11 posted 06-19-2019 08:56 PM

Guess can depend upon a lot of things I have one in my shop that tells me temp & humidity, but after your question going to replace mine with this digital one. Not sure need an expensive one as long as readings withing couple degrees of what local forecasters say. Have to real close to mine to see the non battery one with scale lines to read it.

If stop and thing both temperature & humidity has effects on wood and machines (rust). Heat and humidity has an affect on wood movement, wood gaining and losing moisture content. Humidity can cause problems to rust, so don’t have to wait to see it before doing maintence.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/AcuRite-Digital-Humidity-and-Temperature-Comfort-Monitor-00619HD/202260980

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#12 posted 06-20-2019 01:33 PM

Good news is that I have digital and analog temp and humidity measurement in my shop. The bad news is that I can’t really control humidity that well.

I made a large free standing 2 door cabinet for my sister, and there were definitely some humidity related wood movement issues over the month or two I had it in my shop. That actually turned out to be a good thing, since I was able to find and correct any and all door sticking problems.

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#14 posted 06-21-2019 01:53 AM

For finish room and testing equipment we have used certified Paul N. Gardner products for decades.

https://www.gardco.com/pages/moisture_air_temp/we/abbeon_hygro.cfm

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#15 posted 07-13-2019 07:45 PM

I use this to keep track of how well my dehumidifier is working. Seems accurate enough.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/AcuRite-Digital-Weather-Station/1000162483

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