Damp problems? Check out with the Brennenstuhl 1298680 Moisture Detector (Damp meter) £14 delivered  Amazon
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Damp problems? Check out with the Brennenstuhl 1298680 Moisture Detector (Damp meter) £14 delivered Amazon

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Edited by:"Newbold"Found 7th Nov
Very useful for checking any damp issues around the house.

To determine the moisture content of wood or building material, such as, e.g. concrete, brick, screed, plasterboard, wallpaper, etc.

Measurement range of 5 - 50 % for wood, or 1.5 - 33 % for building material.

Display on a large LCD display (in percent, resolution 0.1 %) as well as acoustically (can be deactivated).

Practical "hold" function also makes measurement possible at locations difficult to access.

Automatic switch-off approx. 3 mins, after last application.

Battery low voltage display.

Robust, ergonomic housing with separate compartment for 9 V monobloc battery (not included).

With protective cap.

SAMPLE USES

Locating a leak in the wall

Place the probe on the surface to be tested. Take a reading and read the value from the display window. Repeat this procedure in various places. If the readings get higher, then you are getting closer to the leak. If the values stop increasing, you’ve found the leak.

Check the moisture content of construction materials e.g. concrete, tile, screed, plaster, carpets prior to finishing.

Check the moisture content of wood e.g. of firewood or wood as a building material
Determining the moisture content of soil

Instruction manual:

brennenstuhl.com/ind…pdf

Top comments

Will it tell me when the misses is ready?

MikeLondon11 m ago

Did you win? unless it is calibrated I am suprised they would even …Did you win? unless it is calibrated I am suprised they would even consider thw reaults.

Yes I won! The council kept telling me that I had no serious damp and told me protimetres (sp) showed that but they never let me see, so I bought my own and found damp in concrete reading over 33%. Turned out my sewage pipes were smashed outside my downstairs toilet and the dpc and the other one...were at the wrong heights.
They got an independent report done because of my readings and they showed I was right.
Edited by: "mymymy" 7th Nov
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This is one of the best damp meters around at an affordable price. Check out the reviews. From personal experience I can tell you that it works well.

16.99 at you local machinemart . Order before 2pm for next day delivery machinemart.co.uk/p/b…md/

I have this and it enabled me to take my local council to trial. Excellent buy. Only critism is that the display does not light up.
Edited by: "mymymy" 7th Nov

Showing at £14!

I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. Surveyor used this or similar and found strong evidence, but he said you need to know how to interpret the results. I wonder how useful it really is to the layman.

mymymy19 m ago

I have this and it enabled me to take my local council to trial. Excellent …I have this and it enabled me to take my local council to trial. Excellent buy. Only critism is that the display does not light up.


Did you win? unless it is calibrated I am suprised they would even consider thw reaults.

MikeLondon11 m ago

Did you win? unless it is calibrated I am suprised they would even …Did you win? unless it is calibrated I am suprised they would even consider thw reaults.

Yes I won! The council kept telling me that I had no serious damp and told me protimetres (sp) showed that but they never let me see, so I bought my own and found damp in concrete reading over 33%. Turned out my sewage pipes were smashed outside my downstairs toilet and the dpc and the other one...were at the wrong heights.
They got an independent report done because of my readings and they showed I was right.
Edited by: "mymymy" 7th Nov

Oooohhh wetter than Rod Hulls roof I tell ya!

Besford16 m ago

I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. …I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. Surveyor used this or similar and found strong evidence, but he said you need to know how to interpret the results. I wonder how useful it really is to the layman.

It's really simple. There is a small graph on the back which shows you what are low med and high readings in %. 16% is the max allowed in residential property in masonry. There is a wood setting too. It bleeps depending on how much damp. It's really good to determined if there is an issue.

I have one of these. Great devices. Gives a general person a good idea of damp problems. I wouldn't completely trust the specific values in the readings, but is a good indicator.

Highly recommended

It is £14 now, probably worth updating the listing

I called a guy to do a survey on my house a few years ago, he turned up with one of these, and before he prodded the wall I saw him lick the probes and then he tried to show me I had damp!

Would also be useful when buying a used caravan although the seller may raise their eyebrows at making small holes all over the place...
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Edited by: "ianhalling" 7th Nov

Now down to £14 Prime !
Edited by: "ianhalling" 7th Nov

Good for anyone with a wood burner to check logs are sufficiently seasoned.

mymymy1 h, 3 m ago

Yes I won! The council kept telling me that I had no serious damp and …Yes I won! The council kept telling me that I had no serious damp and told me protimetres (sp) showed that but they never let me see, so I bought my own and found damp in concrete reading over 33%. Turned out my sewage pipes were smashed outside my downstairs toilet and the dpc and the other one...were at the wrong heights.They got an independent report done because of my readings and they showed I was right.

If you have high moisture content in concrete from a leaking sewage pipe, and ground levels too high, then you won't need a meter to tell you that. Eyes and a nose will do.

Besford1 h, 19 m ago

I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. …I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. Surveyor used this or similar and found strong evidence, but he said you need to know how to interpret the results. I wonder how useful it really is to the layman.


Not very. I have one and honestly, they're pretty useless.

Besford1 h, 25 m ago

I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. …I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. Surveyor used this or similar and found strong evidence, but he said you need to know how to interpret the results. I wonder how useful it really is to the layman.

The surveyor is correct in that it is all about interpretation. But whether the interpretation is correct is another matter.

You could put that meter on your forehead for example and it would show it to be very damp. But that would need to be interpreted as to whether that's an actual problem or not.

morpheus15 m ago

Good for anyone with a wood burner to check logs are sufficiently seasoned.

Exactly what I use one for - and very good it is too..
Great value at this price. As someone else mentioned, the only downside is a lack of a backlight - but the distinct noise it makes when it detects high moisture content would be enough to let you know even in pitch blackness.

Will it tell me when the misses is ready?

UberMitch1 h, 18 m ago

Will it tell me when the misses is ready?

​Try blotting paper, cheaper.

Poor rod hull, went on his roof to sort the aerial out for the footy. Ironically the match he watched said Man Utd 5-Hull 0

Another one at £11.95

amazon.co.uk/gp/…DfL


These measure the resistance between the two prongs. You could do the same thing with any multi meter.

PS I know someone who lost a buyer after painting their lounge. The survevor came along and said he detected damp in his report. There was no damp problem. Don't redocrate if you are selling!

mymymy6 h, 0 m ago

Yes I won! The council kept telling me that I had no serious damp and …Yes I won! The council kept telling me that I had no serious damp and told me protimetres (sp) showed that but they never let me see, so I bought my own and found damp in concrete reading over 33%. Turned out my sewage pipes were smashed outside my downstairs toilet and the dpc and the other one...were at the wrong heights.They got an independent report done because of my readings and they showed I was right.


well done, throw this to their face

Waldolf10 h, 0 m ago

If you have high moisture content in concrete from a leaking sewage pipe, …If you have high moisture content in concrete from a leaking sewage pipe, and ground levels too high, then you won't need a meter to tell you that. Eyes and a nose will do.

That's what you would think! I fought them for nearly 10yrs.i ended up having major earthworks done, twice, to fix the problem. And yes, my house did stink but no one would acknowledge it. Crazy situation that should never had happened. I'm now treated very different by the council, not sure it was worth it in the end.

Besford11 h, 20 m ago

I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. …I'm selling a house at the moment with zero visible sign of damp. Surveyor used this or similar and found strong evidence, but he said you need to know how to interpret the results. I wonder how useful it really is to the layman.


He's making it sound more professional / reliable than it is. It does not show damp it just shows that there us moisture content.

All concrete retains moisture, yes, some may contain more, but season, age of house and various other factors can affect this.

This machine is really just cheap guide (I'd say it was worth it at this price as it is handy)

If this picksup moisture in wood, I'd say there's likely a problem. If concrete, your options are get a proper damp test done, if you intend to cover with wallpaper, paint, tiles, laminate, etc.

eiamhere698 h, 25 m ago

He's making it sound more professional / reliable than it is. It does not …He's making it sound more professional / reliable than it is. It does not show damp it just shows that there us moisture content. All concrete retains moisture, yes, some may contain more, but season, age of house and various other factors can affect this.This machine is really just cheap guide (I'd say it was worth it at this price as it is handy)If this picksup moisture in wood, I'd say there's likely a problem. If concrete, your options are get a proper damp test done, if you intend to cover with wallpaper, paint, tiles, laminate, etc.


These things can give you many readings all of which are pretty useless unless you start taking building fabric apart - false readings from condensation is not a good thing when you strip all your decoration back to find a damp cause that isn’t there! Like wise foil backed wallpapers will also give a false reading. You can spend £100s on these things and still be none the wiser - so this is probably a good deal
Edited by: "OnetimePadwah" 8th Nov

UberMitch18 h, 27 m ago

Will it tell me when the misses is ready?


I'll let you know. She's popping round next Tuesday.

Beware of taking these things too seriously, unless you've got an actual source for the water (gutter, drain, soil backfill), then nearly all damp problems can be solved with the proper level of ventilation.

Don't fall for that brick injection scam, half my road had that done and it's ruined their external brickwork. I just added a small vent pipe and insulated the wall. Damp gone.

horsey1 h, 45 m ago

Beware of taking these things too seriously, unless you've got an actual …Beware of taking these things too seriously, unless you've got an actual source for the water (gutter, drain, soil backfill), then nearly all damp problems can be solved with the proper level of ventilation.Don't fall for that brick injection scam, half my road had that done and it's ruined their external brickwork. I just added a small vent pipe and insulated the wall. Damp gone.


So very true

If you gently probe your hand it'll register as 'damp' as will many other things - as mentioned already these are just a resistance meter, not specifically a damp meter.

Supposed 'damp specialists' use similar ones that flash and squeal for dramatic effect so they can sell you damp proofing solutions that you probably don't need.

Many damp houses are because of poor ventilation, drying clothes indoors, poor/no bathroom and kitchen extraction.

Still back to this deal, these are handy for checking logs for wood fires or just a very rough guide on possible damp issues.....
Edited by: "spannerzone" 8th Nov
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