Backyard Compost Moisture Meter
The REOTEMP Moisture Meter is a self-calibrated instrument and indicates the moisture content of your compost pile or soil sample by means of a sensor at the bottom of the probe.
Easy to operate:
- Power source: one AA battery
- Easy to calibrate for any compost or soil type
- 0-10 scale
Compost or soil moisture is measured by inserting the probe into the soil at each location to be tested. The unit is sensitive only at the tip, therefore the reading obtained on the meter indicates the amount of moisture only at the probe tip. Now you can determine the moisture condition of your compost without having to remove any mulch or soil. Just insert the probe directly into the compost. Instantly, your MOISTURE METER will give you an accurate reading of moisture content.
It is quite important that the calibration of the unit is performed in the same compost composition and location as that in which it will be used. Take a sample of compost which is already at your ideal moisture content, this will vary depending on what your needs are. Remove the black plug located on the back of the unit. Then insert the moisture meter so that the tip is in the centre of your sample. Place a small screwdriver in the adjustment slot and adjust to a reading of 5 on the 0-10 scale.
Sub-soil/sub-compost moisture mapping - This technique is used primarily for checking coverage and penetration of a sprinkler system. After a normal watering, take readings at different locations and at two or three different depths. Next, create a map plotting each of the readings. An ideal system would show equal readings at all locations and depths. Poor coverage would show erratic readings at multiple locations with the same depth. Poor penetration (or insufficient application) would be indicated by unequal amounts of moisture at the same location but different depths.
Other applications of sub-soil moisture mapping would be locating leaking water lines, checking effectiveness of septic tank leach lines, locating surface water springs, and locating depths of shallow water tables.
The battery is included and is already installed. With normal usage it should last one season. When replacement becomes necessary, (unable to obtain a meter reading of 10 in saturated soil even with Calibration Trimmer in maximum clockwise position) replace with a standard AA cell. Care must be taken to maintain correct polarity of the battery. The plus (+) side is marked on the holder.
The Factory guarantees this unit to be free from defects of material and workmanship for 90 days from date of purchase by the original customer. If this unit shall fail to operate properly, return to manufacturer, accompanied by the completed customer guarantee policy. The Factory responsibility shall be limited to repair or replacement of any unit found defective in materials or workmanship when returned prepaid to the factory. This guarantee shall not apply to any unit which has been altered, abused, improperly used, or repaired by anyone other than the factory.
This guarantee is in lieu of all other, expressed or implied, including the warranty of merchantability and all other obligations and liability on the factory part, and neither assumes nor authorises any other person to assume for the factory any other liability in connection with the sale of the factory manufactured equipment.
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