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Old 01-25-2010, 06:54 AM
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Talking Floor mats can save your health, and make the job easier

Why do you want them?
* Shock padding for your feet/body.
* Insulation between you and the cold concrete.
* Easy to clean.
* Easy to assemble and move at need.
* Cheap enough to be disposable after a few years.

I have enough of these mats to cover my garage floor.
I try to catch them on clearance at warehouse stores..

The following links are examples of the mats I use.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:53 PM
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Oh Yes, a neighbor has those interlocking mats in his pool room, saves the feet after a long night of eight ball.

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Old 01-25-2010, 08:48 PM
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Thanks Whunter.

Those mats are cheep enough to use for tool box tray cut-outs/shadow boards and plus they are the right thickness for that.
Most of the purpose-built tool box foam kits on the market from the 5S suppliers are much more costly than that.

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Old 01-26-2010, 06:03 PM
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yup- I also use them for doing carpentry on peep's finished floors, too- save a lot of dough if you accidentally drop a hammer on a freshly done hardwood floor.

FYI in the midwest- on sale this week at menards-$7 for 4 18"sq pieces, plus $3 rebate.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:31 PM
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We've got a couple of 4 x 8 sections that we can move around the shop. Usually they stay put in front of the benches where standing gets old fast. Welding and grinding makes lovely perforations but so what and who cares! Seems minor but you're right - makes a huge difference for your feet and legs
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:53 PM
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I've always used quilted moving blankets since in my early life necessity dictated I get on my back frequently, usually outside on a gravel driveway since the carriage barns were full of vehicles leaving no room for repair work.

I know there are many advances, I even know about creepers, but old habits acquired in one's teens are difficult to change.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:39 AM
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for a customer working on a cold floor.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:25 AM
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Good advice Roy !!! I have a few layers of old carpet on the floor of the shed. The shed has a dirt floor otherwise. When the carpet is a mess I just put another layer of carpet on top. Its great to lay on , nice & soft, cool in summer & warm in winter. Every one is always throwing out old carpet so I have a good free supply.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:21 AM
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Pfft real men use cardboard!
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Going back to the original post: "Can you get the vac to blow instead?" No. Vacuums are low pressure so they by nature "suck" and nature abhors them.
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:38 AM
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Pfft real men use cardboard!
Me too.

It's disposable when it gets grimy too.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:47 AM
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Pfft real men use cardboard!
And yet ANOTHER reason to buy beer a 12 pack at a time!
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