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(dam) Damp deck
Question: just how dry does the deck need to be before I button it up ?
While installing hinges for a dodger I struck moisture in the cabin top. Top is composed of the typical build up, outer glass, balsa core, inner glass liner. The balsa is white/cream color but moist. Taking a chunk of balsa then squeezing it really hard one can get water from it. The deck is not de-laminated. Using a Ryobi moisture meter E49MM01 on a core taken several years ago when installing a solar vent the meter reads 10%. The worst case reading on the cabin top is 25%. I know how the water got in and steps will be taken to prevent future incursions. I'm tempted to drill several holes from the inside, vacuum bag it and let it run while the sun beats down on black plastic laid on the deck. Maybe that will aid in drying. But the question is this, just how dry does the deck need to be before I button it up and finish installing the dodger? Does the deck need to be 10%? Will 15% do? What happens if I don't do anything? Will the moisture eventually even out over the entire deck making the readings a little higher than 10% but much lower than 25%?
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