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October 11, 2010 - Developed by Subcommittee F06.40 on Practices, ASTM F2659 qualifies which types of non-destructive meters are suitable for determining moisture levels in concrete, gypsum, and other types of floor slabs. It also provides guidelines for how, where, and when such moisture meters are used as well as what limitations exist. According to F06.40 member Sean Fallon, standard lets user take multiple tests in accelerated fashion and get instant readings across slab.

New ASTM Standard Qualifies Meters Used for Determining Moisture Levels of Floor Slabs


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Press release date: October 4, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - Non-destructive moisture meters are now widely used in determining moisture levels in concrete, gypsum and other types of floor slabs. A new ASTM International standard qualifies the types of meter suitable for this purpose and provides guidelines for how, where and when such moisture meters are used and what limitations exist.

The new standard, ASTM F2659, Guide for Preliminary Evaluation of Comparative Moisture Condition of Concrete, Gypsum Concrete and Other Floor Slabs and Screeds Using a Non-Destructive Electronic Moisture Meter, was developed by Subcommittee F06.40 on Practices, part of ASTM International Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings.

"ASTM F2659 is very useful as a fast and easy preliminary standard because the user can take multiple tests, getting instant readings across the slab in a short time," says Sean Fallon, an F06.40 member. Fallon notes that the new standard can be used by anyone who needs to be concerned with the moisture condition of a floor slab, including flooring installer, consultants and inspectors, and material manufacturers and suppliers.

The subcommittee invites all interested parties to participate in the further development of ASTM F2659.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

ASTM Committee F06 Next Meeting: Nov. 10-11, New Orleans, La. Technical Contact: Sean Fallon, Dublin, Ireland, Phone: +011-353-1-285-1861; seanfallon@ireland.com ASTM Staff Contact: Stephen Mawn, Phone: 610-832-9726; smawn@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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