How does a contractor know the lumber received on the job has been dried to a 15 percent moisture content?

Please help me answer this question... How does a contractor know the lumber received on the job has been dried to a 15 percent moisture content?

Asked By: - 11/15/2012
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When it arrives on the site and the work crew shows up, magically the wood is deemed ready to go. Seriously, never seen a contractor wait for wood to dry.
Answered By: SlopeDirk - 11/15/2012
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There are meters for measuring this, but I doubt that contractors bother measuring.
Answered By: Frank - 11/15/2012
There are certain situations that you need to have wood at a specific moisture content it can be ordered and checked on the job with a meter. Most general purpose wood comes kiln dried but these days that don't mean squat it still splashes you.
Answered By: Dave - 11/15/2012
While there are meters for this purpose, an exact moisture content is rarely called for in framing. Any experienced contractor can pick up a two by four, and tell by it's weight if it's moisture content is excessively high... More
Answered By: Don - 11/15/2012
you're talking about mc15, and it will be stamped as such... More
Answered By: not as think as you drunk I am - 11/15/2012
Keep in ind that on jobsites there are several contractors. I'm a home renovator and I install hardwood floors for several builders. Shipments of hardwood get delivered and I let the hardwood sit for a minimum of 3 days to climatize. And then there are the Framers, trim carpenters which get the wood and can start right... More
Answered By: ArchAngel - 11/16/2012
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