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This guide is intended to be used to determine if there are moisture-related conditions existing in concrete slabs which would adversely impact the successful application and performance of these products.
This guide can also be used as an aid in the diagnosis of performance failures in resilient floor covering products.
Unless otherwise indicated, these procedures are applicable to slabs on grade, slabs below grade, and slabs above grade (see Terminology F 141).
1.1 This guide includes both quantitative and qualitative procedures used to determine the amount of water or water vapor present in or emitting from concrete slabs and criteria for evaluating the moisture-related acceptability of concrete slabs to receive resilient floor coverings and related adhesives.
1.2 Although carpet tiles, carpet, wood flooring ceramic tile, stone tile, coatings, films, and paints are not specifically intended to be included in the category of resilient floor coverings, the procedures included in this guide may be useful for evaluating the moisture-related acceptability of concrete slabs for such finishes.
1.3 This guide does not cover the adequacy of a concrete floor to perform its structural requirements.
1.4 This guide does not include procedures to determine the presence of non-moisture related impediments to the application of finishes.
1.5 This guide does not supersede the specific instructions or recommendations of manufacturers for their flooring finishes.
1.6 The methods are listed in this guide for reference purposes only. Refer to Practice F 710 and the flooring manufacturer for acceptable quantitative methods. For acceptance, refer to Practice F 710.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
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