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FLOORING STABILITY WHEN NAILED ONTO A WET DECK Private standard

1. TOOLS
1.1 Wood drying equipment
1.2 Balance accurate to 0.01 g
1.3 Pin MC reader
1.4 15-18 mm thick WBP plywood with 15-30% MC (“wet deck”)
1.5 High density fiber board (HDF) or plywood (the key requirement is that HDF or plywood are flat)
1.6 Nailing gun

2. SAMPLING
1 m2 of flooring

3. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
If possible, the test should be performed outdoors, during warm and moist summer days, but making sure the flooring is not exposed to rain or direct sunshine
If the above is not possible, the test can be performed indoors at temperature 24 °C and relative humidity 60% (a humidifier may be necessary)

4. TESTING PROCEDURE
4.1 Confirm with the PIN reader that the “wet deck” has a MC within 15-30%

4.2 Force the “wet deck” flat by nailing it down onto the HDF or plywood

4.3 Open the sealed flooring parcel and quickly take samples to perform a moisture content test

4.4 Check the flooring boards and record any instance of cupping, warping or surface defects

4.5 Nail the boards onto the “wet deck”

4.6 Let the installed floor rest and check the performance after 2 weeks

5. ASSESSING TEST RESULTS
This test provides an indication of how different flooring structures (solid, solid-engineered, engineered multiply, engineered 3 ply, laminate) and flooring dimensions (especially width and thickness) perform under very tough but real environmental conditions (installation on high moisture plywood with high ambient relative humidity)

 
  
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