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Old 10-03-12, 08:31 PM
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mat under repair stand

i live in nyc and therefore do most of my wrenching in the middle of my living room. i'd like to put down something to protect the floors and prevent solvents and lubricants from touching the floor. i brief search hasn't turned up much.

any ideas?
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Old 10-03-12, 08:49 PM
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Go to a flooring store and see if you can buy a remnant piece of roll flooring (modern linoleum equivalent) or some wide carpet runner. They are fairly substantial and have enough weight to lie flat. Plastic tarps are slick and bunch up and you wil trip over them. The type of closed-cell floor mats used in barber shops might also be a good choice but will likely be more costly.
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Old 10-03-12, 09:01 PM
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A carpet remnant or a cloth painting tarp work fine.
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If there's an appliance dealer close enough, ask him for a refrigerator or stove box. Cut it into big sheets to make throwaway work mats. If you're a pig with oil or solvents, put a plastic drop cloth underneath as a backup. Bike boxes also work if the shop is close enough. They pay to have this cardboard tossed, so will be glad to have a sucker take it away for free.
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Um, I can see heaps of appropriate stuff when I do an image search for work mat.
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Canvas dropcloth from the hardware store.

edit: Rubber trunk liner/winter mats for a car would probably work well too.
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Buy a piece or two of antifatigue mat. Most all of them are solvent resistant and will also protect your stand from digging into the floor if it doesnt have cushy feet.

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I think this might work well - http://www.floormatcompany.com/compo...mats-p-7.aspx#
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Old 10-04-12, 06:36 AM
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much better - http://www.kneedraggers.com/MATRIX-C...S-M4-FLOOR-MAT

got it for $40 shipped at amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Matrix-Concept.../dp/B0031BS9KS
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I have one of those plastic office chair mats under my stand (I had it from some other use) and on top of it a cheapish area rug.
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??? Go to hardware or department store and get a rubber backed entrance mat...like these:

http://www.floormatcompany.com/ribbe...mats-p-40.aspx

They're much cheaper at Lowes or HomeDepot etc.. Rubber bottom (really plastic elastomer) is impervious to oils and solvents used on the bike.

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How about one of these:
http://www.target.com/p/mr-bar-b-q-bbq-grill-mat-30-x-60/-/A-13734065
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I tape two white thickish posterboards (discarded from the workplace daily/monthly information posters) side-by-side onto my workspace floor, using duct tape. I replace them seasonally. This makes about a 5.5' wide by 4' deep base onto which I put my portable stand. Granted, it's a painted cement floor in the unfinished utility portion of my basement.
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I use this anti -fatigue mat at home and in the shop.http://www.uline.com/BL_1752/Cadillac-Mats
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