I know this subject has been brought up before but I thought I would
I have gone through several of these stupid plastic things and they
seem to get eaten up within a couple of months. It is really
irritating. Maybe it is the rug it is on (a Berber) or maybe it is
the quality of the mat. Either way, I am sick of it.
Would any sort of thin plywood even come close to looking good? If
so, what should I use to finish it? It is going to take a bad beating
with the wheeled chair.
On Tue, 16 Oct 2007 18:04:14 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I wondered about this as well. I have gone through several
anti-static plastic chair mats over the years--all eventually cracked.
A pre finished-engineered flooring with some kind of tapered edging is
what I'm thinking. I havn't seen any proven plans, however.
Tue, Oct 16, 2007, 6:04pm (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org doth say:
I know this subject has been brought up before but I thought I would ask
The magic 8-ball says check the archivs.
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One of our work locations has a pre-fab office inside the shop
that was assembled about 20 years ago. It has a plywood floor that
over the years has been tiled, vinyled, carpeted, you name it,
but all of the floor treatments were torn up pretty quickly.
Finally one of the supervisors had some 1/8" steel plate cut & laid
over the plywood. It's a few years old now and actually looks _better_
than it did when new, as it's gotten shiny over the years compared to the
original black steel finish. If the aesthetics are acceptable I recommend
There are no stupid questions, but there are lots of stupid answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
On Oct 16, 10:43 pm, email@example.comNoOnSePsAtMar.org (Larry W) wrote:
I really, really like this idea but I don't think a 1/8" steel plate
is going to fly in the family room...but it certainly is enticing and
way cool. Sort of like the Tim Taylor version of a chairmat.
I have been wondering about engineered flooring as Phisherman
suggested but I don't know what sort of base to put it on. I keep
coming back to a doggone 3/4" piece of plywood to mount the engineered
stuff on because anything thinner might buckle as the chair rolls over
I really think it has to do with the carpeting. I have the exact same
chairmat at work but it is on a relatively thin, flat carpet laid over
concrete. There is no give at all and I think that has helped the
chairmat not crack. Who knows; I could be totally wrong, but I sit in
that chair 8-9 hours a day, 5 days a week and it has lasted for two
years now. Not even one little crack in it. The one at home is about
a year old and it is not only cracked but chunks have come out of it
already--and the chair is not occupied nearly as much as the one at
work. I just don't understand. The latest though I had was maybe
using a piece of plywood, maybe 1/2", and putting the anti-static mat
on it. There will still be some play for sure but maybe the more
solid surface under the chairmat will make it live longer...
JT, I understand what you are saying and I totally agree. I will
Google this group and the entire Internet but I think questions bear
to be repeated because what if somebody came up with a good solution
to a problem--any problem--and if the question is never asked (again),
then the newer ideas will never be shared. There is a good reason to
look back to find answers but there is also a lot of value in asking
those same questions again at times.
FWIW, there are steel floor tiles available. The Boat School has (or
had 30 years ago) one at each turning point in the halls--vinyl won't
stand up to 4,000 screaming Plebes making square turns at full chop
all day every day. They are slippery when wet.
Have you thought about just getting a sheet of 3/4 inch Baltic birch
or Appleply and using it instead of the plastic mat?
My son is a big boy and weighs in at about 210 and he plops into the
chair (he doesn't sit--he PLOPS). I truly believe that is probably
the biggest reason but certainly not the total reason. I also think
like somebody else said that these mats are nothing like they used to
be years ago.
So one of my questions is: How thick should the plywood be? I really
like the idea of vinyl squares or something on top because they are
pretty thin. I don't really want anything too thick under the chair
because it is a fairly high traffic area and I can see people tripping
over the mat if it is too high.
I would rather have wood but I like the vinyl suggestion...
On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:35:11 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
1/4" is probably good enough, but 1/2" will probably stand up to
almost anything. It partly depends on how much support the carpet
gives. Thick carpet and padding requires a thicker pad. Sheet vinyl
is probably better than squares. I routed the edges of the wood and
wrapped the sheet over the edges and glued it on the bottom.
My father built his using .75"x2.75" strip flooring with a bevelled hardwood
frame. Sits proud of the floor, but won't disintegrate like the plastic
mats do (I've the same problem you do, they last about a year now,
where the older ones used to last a decade).
You could probably frame in some engineered flooring from the borg too.
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