before you do a core-ectomy with a dremel, call a surveyor, tell him your problem... you'd be surprised, he might just know what he's doing and be able to lend a hand on the cheap (relative term).
I'd hate to see you drill and fill a stack full of holes when you don't need to, or miss spots that you really need to fix.
(hint), if the guy comes with ONLY a meter, send him packing. Same if he only comes with a "phenolic" hammer(I can charge more if I call it "phenolic" rather than a harbor freight 3 dollar plastic hammer)
I've used the handle end of a 12" hard yellow plastic screwdriver with the same results.
Theres one guy that I'm trying to learn from that uses a small paint roller, that seems to work as well, but haven't got the knack of that one yet.
Meters are a decent starting point, but they certainly aren't the do all, end all. Heres a little test for you.
take a reading where the meter says its wet.
Now, tap, tap tap.. remember that sound, drill your pilot hole, gander....
If so, take another reading where the meter says its dry...repeat, is there a difference in the sound? if not, throw the damn meter away and hire someone.
This all can go kaflooey (thats a technical term we professionals use) if its rained a lot over the past week, if its been hot, if the boat has been in the sun, if your SO looks good in a thong, If your bananas haven't turned blue... point being, there are SO many other issues to take into consideration, a meter only just ain't gunna do the trick.
We are not primarily on earth to see through one another, but to see one another through
Some people are like slinkies: not really good for anything... but you can't help laughing when you push them down the stairs
Last edited by cardiacpaul; 04-07-2008 at 10:24 AM.