For the fifteenth-thousandth time, I dropped a small part on the floor and it bounced away never to be seen again. Who hasn’t this happened to? I’m finally committed to doing something about this problem, like putting down some type of anti-bounce flooring. Unfortunately, if you search for “no bounce” flooring, all you get are tips on how to remove the bounce from your floors.
After spending more time than I want to admit searching for a solution, Google gave me a few related products that I thought would be interesting to share.
Duratrax Pit Mat
One combination of search terms led me to the Duratrax Pit Mat. The Pit Mat is a 29″x 19″ heavy duty rubber mat designed for working on RC cars. RC cars can have a lot of small parts and fasteners, and so it makes sense that there’s a workmat that helps prevent dropped parts from bouncing away.
This solvent and fuel resistant mat has recessed areas to help keep parts and tools from rolling away while you’re working. It’s meant to be rolled up and carried with you to races so that you don’t lose any parts or make a mess of the pit area while servicing your car.
Obviously, you don’t have to be into RC racing to appreciate a mat like this. I can see it being useful for working on or taking apart any number of things, such as small engines, laptops, or even your camera — anything with small parts that can roll away or release messy fluids.
Tim — don’t you wish you had a mat like this when working with the 35 pieces of your girlfriend’s camera?
So next time you want to take apart a carburetor on the coffee table, maybe pick up the Duratrax Pit Mat first, for $25-30 at Amazon.
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Pro Circuit Pit Rug
After trying my luck with different search keywords, I found the Pro Circuit Pit Rug. While looking cool, the rug is a “high-tech” blend of materials that absorbs liquids spilled on, it including oil — saving the floor. So rather than throwing an old cardboard refrigerator box under the car to catch the dripping oil, you can hide your shame with a stylish rug.
The Pit Rug measures approximately 43″ x 94″, about the right size to fit under your bike while you’re working on it. The low-cut pile is made from “PA bcf or PA mono” (a type of nylon yarn) and backed with black vinyl. In addition to its liquid-absorbing properties, the mat is also non-slip and cushioning, while should make it comfortable to stand on during long work sessions. Don’t worry if the rug gets a little grimy and gross, as it’s said to be washable.
The Pro Circuit Pit Rug runs for $190 at their online store.
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When I was an intern at Quantum Corporation, we had a no-bounce floor in the lab. My mentor demonstrated it to me by grabbing a handful of small screws and dropping them on the floor from a countertop height. All of the screws landed on the floor, bounced once about half an inch up, and landed in a pattern about 12 inches in diameter.
The floor wasn’t made of fly paper or shag carpeting either, it was some form of rubberized tile that was hard enough for chairs to roll easily over it.
The workbench where I usually take stuff apart on is in the basement laundry room, which has a painted concrete floor. I’d like to either put some flooring down or find a large mat to put under my work area, but I’m still not any closer to my goal of finding a “no-bounce” flooring or mat.
I suppose I could just work on a Pit Mat and be really careful not to drop parts or use some type of anti-fatigue floor mat under my desk and hope that worked, but if anybody has any lead on “no-bounce” flooring, please let me know in the comments.
If you use a different workshop mat for similar reasons, which would you recommend?