At the International Surface Event (TISE) held this past January, I had the privilege of speaking to contractors and installers about moisture testing and mitigation methods. I moderated a panel that included Paul Pleshek, head of the National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT), and Sonny Callaham, owner of Divergent Adhesives. Those of you who have been in the industry a while know these two names well, and as you can imagine it was a spirited discussion.
At one point Sonny made a provocative statement. He looked out at the audience and apologized in advance to any moisture meter manufacturers that might be in attendance. Then he said one of the major reasons moisture has become such a prevalent issue in the industry today is the reliance on ASTM F2170 (also known as the “RH test” or “in-situ probe test”).