Building A Pit.

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  1. Conal nugent

    Conal nugent Member

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    Am for building a pit to do rugs. Have the luxury of having unlimited amounts of pvc banner and a heat welder so will build a pit say max 3.2m wide by 5m long and using the likes of really heavy pipe lagging in the hems to make the raised edges.

    Anyway just wondering what the mess is that used when the rugs are put on to back beat?? What can be used and where's best to get it from or what can it be made from? Thanks.
     
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    Happy New Year Conal

    Couldn't you sleep last night:wink:

    My offering is borne of listening to others rather than from personal experience, so be sure to explore all options.

    I've come across a few who have made their pit using 6" plastic drain pipes to create a rectangle and then lay over the plastic sheet, tucking back underneath, to make a waterproof pit. Others have used old railway sleepers.

    Put some thought into how you are going to drain the pit at the end of the day, and where the water will drain into. You will almost certainly be using a rotary machine so electrical safety is paramount and preferably without an extension lead.

    As for back dusting, although you can do this directly onto a clean,dry plastic sheet, it is much more effective if you work over a drop-through grill of some sort. They usually come as "jigsaw" style squares of up to 1m x 1m and you just buy as many as you need. You'll need as a minimum an upright vacuum. Better still will be a Kirby vac (cheap as chips on fleabay) and, when budget permits, a specialist rug-dusting machine (speak to Eamonn about these as they can source options at lower cost than the original Rug Badger)

    Safe and happy cleaning:smile:
    Ken
     
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    Yeah.... couldn't sleep. Had watched a few videos on YouTube. Think your method is a lot less hassle and easier moved and stored etc. As for the mesh bit. Would galvanised steel mesh be ok? Or could it react with the rugs? Thinking of making a 4x2 timber frame with the mesh on top.
     
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    Not an area I am overly familiar with but I would be cautious of using a metal grid as the strong defined edges may damage a more delicate rug's pile.

    My thoughts were for something plastic like this mat type of product

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    Having used those before and seen them behind bars (where they get a lot of cleaning chems on them) they tend to leave black rubber marks,

    We had to clean them nightly and ended up covered in a black oily covering which forms underneath..

    I'm building a rig tomorrow for rugs, I've had a lot of demand the last few weeks, i'll post pics when i'm done..
     
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    Good man mark
     
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    Two inch hoses and joiners, with tarp over the top, make an ideal rug pit if you are in urgent need !! Unlikely to need it deeper than that and easy to let water go, as long as set up in suitable location for drainage :rolleyes:
     
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    rain stopped play today.

    All planned out so that i can fold it up and store it away in the van too..
     
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    Guttering and nice big tarp got. £10 for the lot.
     
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