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Old 08-04-2015, 05:44 PM   #21
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I recently bought these from harbor freight of all places, I cut it on the band saw at home to the width of the floor boards on both sides of the crawl around E.R. in our Ocean Alexander.. it is really kind on the knees.. and low cost enough to pitch if it gets too stained.


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Nice. I have the aluminum diamond plate glued and screwed to plywood, and while it's light I wouldnt want to crawl around on it.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:18 PM   #22
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I'm in the process of redoing the flooring (adding some more,etc.) in the bilge and I'm just going to use epoxy paint over the plywood. That way I can slide all over without getting splinters. Oh yeah, spills are easy to clean up, also.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:47 PM   #23
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Two thoughts: 1) Diamond plate aluminum isn't hard to cut with a Skil saw, and 2) it is non-combustible. In an engine compartment, the fewer things that can burn, melt, or cause smoke, the better.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:54 PM   #24
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Use carpet. The PO had left enough on board from the re-carpeting for me to cover the ER floor areas (62 sq ft) and its great. Soft if you are on your knees and adds extra sound dampening.

You take care to avoid spills, which just waste stuff anyway. And your ER doesn't smell of diesel, right? If it does, then find the leak and fix it!
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:02 PM   #25
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Why do you guys keep posting interior pictures of the space shuttle? Or are those galleys? Certainly clean enough.
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Old 08-04-2015, 11:12 PM   #26
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I have something very close to this, if not the same thing.
http://www.amazon.com/borders-We-Sel.../dp/B001EJI6CK
Its 3/8" thick foam with a diamond tread pattern. It is SOOO nice to crawl on, and cleans easily. The interlocking edges stay together well making it unnecessary to glue dowm. Not expensive, I've seen it at Menard's and probably other home improvement big boxes have it too.
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Old 08-04-2015, 11:18 PM   #27
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I think the thin aluminum top plate on the plywood is my favorite too. One day.. When all my other projects are complete , I want to pull my boards and polish the aluminum. It would surely impress the one guy who sees it.. Me!Click image for larger version

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Old 08-05-2015, 04:02 AM   #28
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home depot has coin rubber flooring

G-Floor 10 ft. x 24 ft. Coin Commercial Grade Slate Grey Garage Floor Cover and Protector-GF75CN1024SG - The Home Depot
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Coin patterned vinyl flooring with no nap carpet or soft garage mats on top that are easy on the knees and cheap to replace as need be.
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Yes..I figured out yesterday afternoon that "coin" studded or coin grip is the proper term in this country. So that led me to find the below. Interesting it and diamond plate are available in a "metallic" version such that they might look like aluminum, but would be softer and easier to cut. But then one wonders how the metallic finish holds up over time...

"Coin-Grip" Rolls PVC Flooring

Measured the main section of my floor yesterday and it's frustrating that no matter what, if in sheet forum I'm going to have large quantities of waste due to each of 4 sections being aprox 26" wide. Two inches less width and would be so much easier.
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Any idea what the below flooring style is called in the USA ? I see the words "round stud" banded about but seems like every link to the stuff in sheet form is either UK or Chinese source. Wondering if it called something else here ?





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No problem to find it in 12" squares at Home Depot or the Vetus sheets already mentioned (the Vetus stuff being better with more traction....but very expensive) but to find "round stud" pattern in thin sheets seems to be difficult here...unless it's called something else.


I've got rubber matting throughout my engine room.

Below link is what it's called here in Australia

http://www.clarkrubber.com.au/studded-matting-1.html


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Use to own a tool truck and had Coin Grip PVC flooring down. It was a light gray. Had literally hundreds of guys a day walking over it with greasy shoes. No one ever slipped, all I did weekly was mopped it up with a mild degreaser then sprayed it lightly with some mop and glow. Looked great. Now I won't say that I was on my knees when in the truck but one could easily put on knee pads for that.
Another thought, closed cell foam flooring - Costco has sold some from time to time. Usually see it on concrete floors for standing on. Closed cell doesn't absorb fluids, easy clean up, can be cut with just about anything, and is cost effective.
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Take a look at neoprene sheet rubber. Available in varying thicknesses in rolls. I lined the floor and cabinet tops of an aluminum race hauler with the 1/8" sheet and it was great to kneel on and tools stayed put. It is very resistant to petrochemicals and provides great vibration and sound dampening. I have seen it available as a coin embossed form also. Not cheap but excellent in application and very durable if out of direct sunlight.

Ed.- Hendo's link shows the coin form of the material I refer to. I also had the sheet form on the floor of an aluminum shrimp boat that vibrated like crazy while on a run (old chrysler V-8 gas burner). The neoprene stopped most all of the high frequency stuff and was a great grippy surface...but downright hot in full sunlight under a bare foot but in an engine room would not have that issue.
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:10 AM   #34
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I've got rubber matting throughout my engine room.

Below link is what it's called here in Australia

Rubber Matting - Rubber Flooring | Clark Rubber

Interesting that you guys call "diamond plate" pattern a "checker" pattern down under. Was hoping your metric dimensions might come closer to my need of 26" (or 52") width but no cigar there either
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That's something like what I've got. But if one needs to crawl, I'd go for something much softer.

This IS soft but I don't know what it's called.
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That appears to be neoprene "coin" flooring. Im familiar with the material as flooring over aluminum in race car haulers. It has some "anti-fatigue" qualities...at least compared to aluminum U-channel runners or diamond plate and is fuel/solvent resistant, good grip underfoot.

ed- I am referring to the photo Mark P. posted
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I used some thin green "felt" carpeting in the engine room of my Burger on top of the steel (white painted) diamond plate. It was fantastic and lasted years.

Elevations - Color Leaf Green Texture 6 ft. x Your Choice Length Carpet-7PD5N620072HO - The Home Depot

And before you start making comments about growing grass in the engine room, note that green epoxy floor paint is what we always painted the train repair depots in. I don't have any project photos handy, but the below gets the point across.

http://3.imimg.com/data3/KN/IO/MY-35...or-500x500.jpg
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This IS soft but I don't know what it's called.

Dang Walt- it looks like you been keeping the Groco properly polished. And the fancy hose clamp rubber ends too (I have those. They're cool AND functional)!


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Interesting that you guys call "diamond plate" pattern a "checker" pattern down under. Was hoping your metric dimensions might come closer to my need of 26" (or 52") width but no cigar there either
If the stuff comes in 48" width rolls, just cut 26"x48" and lay them sideways. The coin flooring is a non-directional pattern. Its an engine room floor, not a wall mural.
P.S. Diamond plate in a crawl around ER is evil.
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Magic has a teak slatted engine room floor. Quite comfy and easy to lift out sections to reach the bilge. Best of all, any stains from spilled fluids just seem to disappear.

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