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Old 01-14-2004, 04:32 PM   #1
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I have a line on some genuine racing ozite from a hobby shop/track a state or two away. 3 sections to make up a track of about 16 foot by 32 foot. Actually, the exact track shown here -
http://www.hpiracing.com/walkthroughs/microtrack.html

What I need to know is how suitable this carpet is to taping down and pulling it up frequently? I plan to build the track in a location where it will need to be torn down at the end of the day. We plan to use it twice a month.

I saw elsewhere that it needs to be glued down, but this is not possible in my situation. This is for a semi-practice track at a local church.

Would appreciate any insight. Also, anyone know much about the carpet that can be got from home improvement stores (like home depot) that is similar to Ozite (low pile, no seams or grooves, felt like appearance)?

Thanks in advance!

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dude, we taped ours down. it is the carpet from the indoor champs this year, plus we added some new stuff. it was also taped for the champs. this double-sided tape was so good it pulled up the osb subfloor that it was attached to. our facility is permanent, though. but you will not have to glue it.

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Many thanks. Will do just that!
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we used to run in a gym, built the track every saturday then torn it down that night, it was larger than what you talking about. we used duct tape around all the edges & to secure one piece on carpet to the next. we couldn't use the double sided tape cause it would damage the gym floor. if you're putting the track down on concrete or something you can screw-up without worry go get some double side "carpet tape", you can find it at lowes or home depot, it should work fine. it will screw-up nicely finished wood floors though, trust me
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thanks for the advice. Want to clarify the use of duct tape though. You taped each section of carpet down (say a 12x12 section) around the edges with duct tape. How exactly did you join the sections together. If you had them taped down, would you over lap one section onto the other and then tape it to the one that was underneath it? Could you see the tape above the carpet?

Thanks for your help. We are really looking into this as carpet tape is not only expensive, but as you said, not good on floors.
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we had large sections of carpet. we taped all around the edges & taped each section to each other, the tape was on top of the carpet. we were carefull to lay the different sections down so they butted up to one another, no overlap and no gaps. one person held the sections together another taped, then we smoothed the tape down best we could so the chassis would drag it. we used a short scrap piece of PVC to smooth the tape. it's not the idea way to do things (with the tape on top) but it allowed us to race every weekend if you are doing a small track you could lay the carpet out upside down, tape the sections from the bottom, flip the carpet over and run. when your done roll the whole thing up!
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That's exactly the description I needed. Our track will be small enough to possibly even tape from the bottom. And since this is mostly a club bashing kind of thing, some duct tape to run over from is not a HUGE deal. More important to have a low tire wear, decent traction, portability and no damage to the facility!

Thanks a ton!

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glad i could help! you might check with a local carpet place or lowes to get an "end roll", that big cardboard thing carpet is rolled up on. cut it to the width of your track then roll it up on there when your done for the night. this will keep you from wrinkling it so much
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another great tip. thanks!
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