CALIBRATION OF SPEEDY MOISTUREMETER
A speedy moisture meter is a handy instrument to determine the moisturecontent of soil stratum but it gives the value of moisture content in terms of wet weight of the soil, w
. Therefore it is important to convert this value fordry weight of soil solids, for the sake of accurate results. For quickdetermination of moisture content a calibration curve is drawn to comparevalues between the actual moisture content and the moisture content shownby the speedy moisture meter.
1.Speedy moisture meter.2.Two steel balls.3.Pans.4.Electronic balance.
Weigh 200g of soil with an electronic balance.
Add water in soil equal to 5% of weight of soil.3-Mix the water until a uniform mixture is attained.4-Place this soil in oven to note the dry weight of soil, so that we cancarry out the process of calculating moisture content ‘w’ of soil.
FOR SPEEDY MOISTURE METER:
5-Weigh 26g of the wet soil with the speedy moisture meter balance andput it in the speedy moisture meter.6-Check Zero error on the moisture meter.7-Now, add 2 scoops of calcium carbide in the speedy moisture meterand follow it with the placing of steel balls (pulverize) inside themoisture meter.8-Put the cap back on the moisture meter so that none of acetylene gasescapes.9-Start shaking and rotating the moisture meter simultaneously. As aresult the dial under the meter will start moving.