I’m replacing the 100 year old yellow pine 1 1/4 inch by 3 1/2 inch tongue and groove flooring on the porch of my old Brown stone home. Because of the cost, I (at the recommendation of my handiman) have had some flooring milled out of spruce, and pressure treated. After only a couple of days, the small amount of material that had been put down started to shrink and the joints are now open in excess of 1/16 of an inch. I’m afraid that the shrinkage will continue. I have stopped the project for now, and have had my handiman unbundle and sticker the material in his garage. I have an old Delmhorst moisture meter, but not the instructions. The red button when pressed lights up buttons up to 20. Is this the %moisture content? And most importantly, what is the content I should try to get down to.
Help and advice from anyone please!! Thanks, Bruce in Ft. Morgan Colo.