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Monday, February 2, 2009

How to Order and Install Pole Padding for Child Proofing

Question about ordering and installing protective pole padding for child safety.

Q: "Our church basement has exposed support poles. We want to protect against injuries from children or adults accidently hitting or running into the poles. How do we measure and choose the correct padding?" Thanks. Janet

Answer: All pole padding sold by Safe Home Products is dense, shock absorbent and UV resistant. We currently sell padding in yellow, red , black and tan . The pole pads flex but have minimal "stretch" due to the density: thickness is 11/16 or nearly 3/4 inch. If you flatten out a piece of padding, the approximate interior length across the pad is 9 inches while the height is 48 inches. The interior dimension is just over 2 inches (2 1/8 inches )in diameter. The exterior dimension is 3.5 inches in diameter. The interior dimension determines how many pieces must be put on a pole to cover the pole's circumference.

How to Determine How Many Pole Pads to Order:

1. Equipment Needed: a metal measuring tape and a tailor's measuring tape.

2. How High Do You Want to Cover? Use a metal measuring tape to decide how tall your pole is and whether a 48 inch length is tall enough to meet your needs.

3. How Many Pole Pads Are Needed to Cover the Circumference of the Pole? Use a tailor's measuring tape to measure the circumference (distance around the outside) of the pole.

4. What is the Diameter of that Pole? Remember high school math? Note: Diameter equals the inches of circumference divided by 3.14. Example, pole circumference is 10 inches. Divide 10 by 3.14 and the answer is 3.18 inches. One pad will cover almost the entire circumference of this pole. For poles larger in diameter, you'll need 2 or more pads installed side by side around the pole.

5. Is a Gap in Coverage Acceptable to You? If not. you may have to order additional pieces and cut strips to fill in the gap left once the pole padding is installed. A carpet knife and a straight edge can be used to cut the strips.

6. How to Install: Separate the padding by cutting pad or pads along the precored cut. Open the pole padding piece/pieces to fit the pole. Then use heavy-duty cable ties (included) around the padding and pole to secure padding or apply permanently with glue such as Liquid Nails.

Thank you for your questions. I hope this information has helped. Do send us email with your information and we can help confirm your choices.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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