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Bike Vs Carpet

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' at netrider.net.au started by QuarterWit, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Hola everyone!

    I'm a bit excited as I'm getting the holy grail of bike mods - a room inside my new flat that has been ok'd by the other half to work on the bike.

    The big question though, is how to protect the carpet while keeping things looking fairly civilised. I won't be dropping bucket loads of oil, but as y'all know, sometimes brake fluid/engine oil etc won't behave how you want it to. And I'd hate for it to look okay and when the time came to move out to find some huge stain on the floor.

    I'm thinking some cheapo persian rugs on top of the standard carpet with some tarp or something similar in between.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. What about a layer of the cheapest vinyl flooring you can find, cut to fit the room ?

    P.S. Have you measured whether the bike will fit through the door of this room ?
  3. Tarps are ok, Just. You can buy hard clear plastic floor mats. Or even a rubber one. Clarke rubber sells them.
    I would buy a small fan as well to clear the room of fumes and bike smells. This will keep her off your back for longer
  4. The joys of putting your bike in the house :).

    Carpet is held in place by hooks on the underside of the carper, at each side of the room...so if you can pinch a bit of carpet at the wall, push it further into the wall and lift, the carpet should come undone from the hooks. Do it all along the wall and you should be able to roll it up to one side of the room. If the house is on a slab, even better, remove the underlay foam and you won't have much to worry about :).

    If that's not do-able, just some old rug and plastic/tap will do the trick. Keep in mind that if you have stands, it will sink into the carpet and might rip a hole in the tarp or rug.
  5. Agree, take the carpet up and roll it out of the way, and if the floor is timber then put down a tarp.

    And yes to the fan too - that slightly organic smell of old engine oil can get everywhere.

    Sounds like fun though...
  6. That'd work.

    Be aware of the ever present fire risk when working on a vehicle and that, on carpet, especially carpet that's had oil/brake fluid/petrol dribbled on it, a small fire can become a big one very quickly. I'd invest in a good fire extinguisher (a decent sized one) and a fibreglass blanket or two. Not that those are a bad idea in any home.
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  7. Good advice Pat. I've got some fire blankets hanging around. Can't hurt to have an extinguisher too, especially in an old 19th century wooden apartment.

    Phongus, I might have a go at pulling up the carpet. I don't want to stuff around too much though in case something goes wrong, which usually happens when I attempt these things.

    Vlad, it fits into the place easily enough. It also fits in the elevator and can be ridden around different floors of the building quite easily. I've been told I'm not to do that anymore. I like the rubber/plastic thing from clark rubber. I'll check that out.
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  8. :rofl:
    Oh man, that's priceless!
  9. So how is the power tool noise issue going to be handled?

    I can just imagine the bench grinder with the buffer wheel in it running all night whilst you add bling to the bike parts...
  10. Gold :rofl:
  11. Years ago my late grandfather had a lathe in the cupboard under the stairs that he used as a workshop in his tiny terraced house. Apparently, when he was taking a big cut in cast iron, the vibrations could be felt at the far end of the row a dozen houses away :D.

    Oh yeah, and everyone advocating taking the carpet up has missed the point. Carpet in the workshop is sheer luxury after you've spent years buggering up your physique by kneeling/lying/crouching on cold concrete :D.
  12. Good point Pat - perhaps the answer is to just leave the old carpet down and be prepared to replace it when you leave - could end up being cheaper than all the work you do trying to protect it.
  13. The location the flat is in... noise isn't a problem. A grinder sounds better than the people trying to climb in through the windows, girls defecating in the alley next door or drunks punching each others heads in.

    Gotta love the CBD.
  14. Well, if your current career goes nowhere, there's always a fortune to be made in the "specialist" movie business.
  15. Gee - I though Collingwood straight away.
  16. Do you live in one of those 20 story housing unit?
  17. He lives in the coolest place ever. The sort of place that, if your rich parents were murdered, you witnessed the murder, and you inherited this place, you could become a superhero with it as your base.
  18. Ah I was right then - Collingwood.

    In the silo's.