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Old 07-08-2014, 08:56 PM
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Lincoln moisture meter

do these things read instantly and accurately or must they remain in place for a moment, 5 minutes, a day or so?

your 3 cents please ?

I would like something to say to my customers other than, "Your clay is rock hard, Mr./Mrs. Wonderful, just trust me"

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Old 07-08-2014, 09:20 PM
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I had a Lincoln in all my trucks, they are great and you can get the probes re-built. If adjusted correctly, a simple insert will tell you what you want to explain to Madge.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:34 PM
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I had a Lincoln in all my trucks, they are great and you can get the probes re-built. If adjusted correctly, a simple insert will tell you what you want to explain to Madge.
what size do i get?
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:39 PM
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what size do i get?
12", that way you don't have to bend over so much. They come with a pretty neat manual that will get you started.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:57 PM
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12", that way you don't have to bend over so much. They come with a pretty neat manual that will get you started.
Hey thats a good idea! it will be easier for the Wonderful's to verify the rock-hardness

I went ahead and got the 36".
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:22 AM
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Easy does it when inserting, the brass probe wand bends easy. The 36" is a good idea, I'd forgotten that's the size we had.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:40 PM
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Easy does it when inserting, the brass probe wand bends easy. The 36" is a good idea, I'd forgotten that's the size we had.
how deep should i insert for st. augustine in clay loam?

iv seen conditons here in which: the top inch or so is very hard, yet under that is anywhere from damp to soggy.

then of course, there is the completely rock hard clay through and through.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:42 PM
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I seem to remember the manual has the info. Once you get the Lincoln calibrated, I'd hope someone at extension service could give you guidelines, if the manual is not helpfull.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:31 PM
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I'd hope someone at extension service could give you guidelines, if the manual is not helpfull.
guess who im asking if they cant

Thanks Mr. Leary I'll get'er did.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:08 AM
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You insert it as deep as you need to .... i.e. the effective root zone depth and a little beyond. I use it to spot check, and I'll run it down until I hit saturated soil in clays for turf. If you push it down slowly while watching the needle you can get some idea of a drying profile over depth. Remember, it is not a precision tool, and should be treated as such. You "should" calibrate it on every site, but that is just not reasonable. Find a good representative soil for your area and calibrate it there.
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