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Old 02-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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How should I pad my support pole in the basement?


I've seen the basketball pole pads, but they seem pricey. And so do many of the others I've found on the internet. Plus they always seem too short and not large enough to wrap around my 4"ish pole. I'm looking for something to go from top to bottom (about 7 feet). I've seen the foam pipe insulation that would be great, but they don't have it big enough for what I want. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-26-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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What is it your doing down there that the pole needs padding?

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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I recently finished the basement and the kids will be playing down there and I know it's only a matter of time before a head bangs into it. Plus It will help "finish" around the top and bottom of the pole.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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Does it have to look nice?
Carpet padding and duct tape!
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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You could build a box around it, and round off the corners so they're not so sharp. A head banging into wood would be better than one banging into solid metal!
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
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Hmmm. I thought about wrapping it with some kind of tape if I needed to anyway. But only if I really had to. I'd like to find some of that black foam-type insulation for pipes. I just can't find it big enough.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:57 AM   #7
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Check a sporting goods store. They usually have padded mats that are six feet long by three feet wide....might be an option!
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:13 AM   #8
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Try an industrial supply house. KFlex is probably available with a 4" ID, maybe Grainger has it? A store that caters to mechanical contractors should have something, or can get it.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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Cool. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:55 PM   #10
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Football fieldgoal posts have padding. Shoul be able to find something similar.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #11
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It's funny the things we worry about these days. We used to play in the basement all the time as kids and our parents never gave a though to padding the support pole. If one of us kids got hurt running into the pole my father would say "that'll teach you to be more carefull." Same with my neighbor's basement.
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I've seen them wrapped with thick rope. It would take a lot of rope!
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:34 PM   #13
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How about something like this:

http://www.resilite.com/Products/Hex...2-HEX4812.aspx

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