Ryobi introduces the RYOBI Digital Painless Moisture Meter. This tool is perfect for measuring moisture in hardwood, softwood, drywall and masonry materials and can help you detect conditions for potential mold growth. To learn more about Ryobi tools go to Ryobitools.com and check out Ryobi Nation. See below for more information on this tool.
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73%of customersrecommend this product16 of 22reviews
Rating Breakdown22 reviews
73%of customersrecommend this product16 of 22reviews
I've been using a protimeter surveymaster for many years, and was looking for an inexpensive backup device, but this isn't it. The protimeter showed 10% - 12% while using it on drywall, but the ryobi showed nothing. I got a paper towel wet and put it underneath a very thin floor mat; the protimeter easily identified the location of the wet paper towel, while the ryobi showed nothing. If it can't find moisture with a simple test like this, it's useless.
I purchased this item to check for wet core on a fiberglass boat I was interested in buying. I found some spots that needed some attention. When the survey was done I followed the surveyor's $500 instrument with the Ryobi and the readings matched both on the dry core area and also where the internal core is wet. It's simple to use and allows measurements without damaging the hull (Damage would be done with a pin type meter or with core drilling.)
Pros: Easy to Use, Compact, Eco-Friendly, Nice Design
This product seems to have limited use. I wanted a moisture meter with pins, but this was the only one they had in-store. I was trying to measure the moisture in my ceiling after a small leak in a second floor bathroom. This device is useless on uneven surfaces (i.e. popcorn ceilings or trim). It works well on wide, smooth surfaces like walls. If you're trying to check moisture on anything other than a wall, find a meter with pins.
This product showed exactly where the moisture was in my walls and floor after the fire sprinkler broke in my home. When I opened up the wall, it was wet and the mold had begun to set in. This Ryobi poduct saved me so much from further damage to my home. The inexpensive price of the moisture meter is well worth this product. Very happy with this product and this is the first review I've ever written.
Bought this to measure moisture readings in drywall after a recent water leak. It works great and can easily pinpoint where the drywall is wet and where it's dry, even though none of it is wet to the touch. I've taken several readings over the past few weeks and watched the moisture level go down as the drywall dries out
Pros: Easy to Use, Compact, Clear Instructions, Nice Design
For $50 or so, this is a decent meter, and one you can buy in the store. I also performed the wet paper towel test under a thin board, and it detected the water immediately. This meter does 0.5 inch depth so may not be effective through carpet, but is still great for analyzing specific areas of the house, such as known areas which may have had spillage or some flooding in the past. Example I lifted a floor vent out and put the meter under the carpet onto the wood underfloor. Also detected through the vinyl floor in the kitchen. Also measured wall and concrete successfully. Also measured the moisture readings on my back deck. It was quite consistent in taking readings when going back to spots here and there. Compared to another particular $350+ similar type meter that gave you 0.75 depth and similar functions, it's worth the low price. You also have 90 days to return it is not for you.
Pros: Lots of Features, Easy to Use, Great Sound Quality, Clear Instructions, Nice Design, works as advertised.
This meter picks up all metal within walls - nails, corner beads, wiring, etc. Without the pins there is no way to 'pinpoint' a specific location. All you can do is get in the general area - if there is metal(even close by) you will get a false reading. Moisture meters work based on continuity so metal will cause false readings on any meter but with such a large sensor area(instead of pins), it is difficult to stay away from metal in small spaces.
Would have preferred pin-type, but this was what they carried in the store. Used it to map out wet sheetrock in the ceiling so I knew where to tear out. Has 2 flat sensors on the back about 4 inches apart that need to lay flat on the material. Hardwood, softwood, masonry and drywall modes. Also a "hold" button so you can store a reading in case you are reading somewhere that's not visible.
Worked well. Only bad thing was that it came with a cheap 9-volt battery that was dead. After replacing it worked great.
I would not purchase this item as a primary tool. It s a good supplement and has advantages over a probe type detector. Immediate display. Beware of false positives and insure correct setting is made. Read the instructions. label small letters. Limited number of sub-straights to test (Masonry, Hardwood softwood)
Cons: small read out, limited standard materials list
Easy to use, and very accurate even when compared to the much higher priced meters. I would recommend this to any inspectors over the others available. Easy enough for the average home owner who needs to know if there is moisture and what the content is in any medium.
The water meter was easily confused by metal studs in the wall and it's threshold for water detector was lower than a pin based equivalent. I was confused when it said a wall was considered wet when no water was in the area, turns out metal studs were in the wall and I just happened to put the meter there. It's also big, so it's hard to get in tight spaces.
I work customer care for a home builder so I use my meter a lot, and find it to be a good asset. I do think it needs an illuminated screen (push button backlight). Also, be careful of false readings if you are testing drywall and there is a stud behind it, as it will give you 50%+ reading due to the density of the wood. In my opinion it should have been made smaller to fit in ones pocket. Other than that it's quite handy and durable.
I used this device and it always seemed to work. I definitely used on known dry walls, known wet walls (to be certain it was reading correctly) and it would make clear readings on both. I cannot use the pin-type because I can't run around poking holes in my clients walls and I don't use it on wood, only drywall/plaster.