Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

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Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby markannab » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:07 am

Forum has been quiet - I guess many are away camping. :mrgreen:

Our new tent is on it's way and I'm looking at what to use to protect the floor from the feet of stretchers or chairs. I want to avoid, if possible, having to put down carpet or matting. Instead, I'm wondering if "shoes" of some kind can be placed on the feet of stretchers, etc. I'm thinking I could cut small holes in tennis balls so they push snuggly over the feet? Look stupid I know - but would it work? If so, does someone have an idea that would look a little more sensible?

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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby Troyk » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:55 am

Mark, you can get those feet for your furniture at home to protect carptet from the imprint. We got some at home, they are a 3 inch disc with carpet on the bottom. I would think Kmart or Big W would have them.
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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby markannab » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:16 pm

Good idea. Thanks.
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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby amanda » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:38 am

Troyk wrote: I would think Kmart or Big W would have them.

Mitre 10 or Bunnings have them. They're about $4 for a pack of 6.
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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby markannab » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:47 pm

Thanks for the tips so far. Much appreciated. But I'm still hesitating on which way to go. Seems silly on such a tiny purchase but I'm fearful the wrong purchase will damage the PVC floor. For example, I've been thinking of either the carpet protectors mentioned above or tennis balls over each foot. But what if, over the course of a trip, they squelch and wind around on the same place? Won't that damage the flooring? I've been looking at the interlocking mats. They seem to be 600mm wide but the feet on the stretchers are at least 800mm apart. So I'd need eight mats per stretcher - that's over $80.00 for the two. But the idea of them sounds good because the downward pressure of the stretchers and their movement is distributed over a wider area.

So . . . before I go one way or another, any other thoughts or suggestions? :?:

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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby Ricklanga » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:20 pm

markannab wrote:Seems silly on such a tiny purchase but I'm fearful the wrong purchase will damage the PVC floor.


Not silly at all. We have one of those little fold-up picnic tables that we set up in the middle room of the tent for playing cards/boardgames. Last trip we noticed that it was damaging the floor slightly. Before we head out again I'm off to clark rubber to buy some rubber matting large enough to fit under the table. That will surely fix the problem.

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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:22 pm

And you will kick it everytime you got to sit at the table Richard.
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Re: Shoes for Stretcher Feet?

Postby Poodle Jewel » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:37 am

The carpet mat i take is just a cheap one from Dimmeys $49 and it would be 4 feet by 6 feet it folds up into quarters and is light with a light rubber backing.
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