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SNOW = FUN

Fall is here, but some cities are already seeing snow. Most of us dread the arrival of winter and snow but for young children snow is a winter wonderland. IEG, the creators of the Flexi-Felt floor protectors, have created a sled that has a classic look mixed with a modern suspension and a toboggan for those children that are a little old for a sled. Both are great for young children to enjoy the snow and have fun. They are a super idea for a Christmas gift or an anytime gift for parents of young children.

Locker Organizer or Shelves

I just took a tour of what’s available on line to help my daughter organize her locker and what I found was surprising (or rather lack of things I was hoping to find was surprising). She needs a couple of shelves so that she can properly place her books, binders, shoes and other stuff she needs without having to empty part of her locker every time she needs something.

I found single plastic shelves with metal legs. They look kind of flimsy given the load of stuff she has for school. Also, they’re only sold as one shelf.

There’s another thing that’s made of material and hangs down but I’m not sure if everything would move to the center of this thing or stuff would fall out as she’s pulling out her books or binders or whatever.

I’m pretty good with tools (well sort of, stuff never comes out quite even) but even if I wanted to build her something who has the time?

One of my friends told me that he came across some wooden shelves that are very strong and guaranteed 5 years and the kicker is that you don’t need tools, nails, screws or glue to install them. Also, unlike that famous company that sells furniture that takes an hour to assemble, these shelves take less than a minute to install. They are the Eco-Shelf. Also, because they’re made of wood, they’re biodegradable so they have minimum impact on the environment.

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They’re also available in 2 or 3 shelves so she has her choice and she can place them at various heights depending on what she wants to place on the various shelves. They should make her life much easier.

Here’s how one looks installed.

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Why didn’t my Flexi-Felt adhesive pads stay on?

People hear that the Flexi-Felt is a great product and will stay on no matter what? They aren’t a miracle product, but they are excellent when installed properly and used as they were intended.

The first thing many people do wrong is to not clean the bottom of their chair legs properly. I’ve done myself using the products that go on windows for hanging strings of lights or Halloween decorations. I put it on without cleaning the surface and less then an hour later what I put up is on the ground. You HAVE to clean the surface properly to remove all old glue, dirt and grease. Do a final wipe with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils that may be on the surface (the products that remove old glue contains oil which will interfere with the new glue holding on). Only then can you apply adhesive pads. Let the pads set for a while so that the adhesive has time to bond with the surface.

Secondly, adhesives do not bond well with rubber and some plastic products. You can try it, but you’ll find that they don’t always stay on.

Thirdly, a little pad won’t hold onto a tiny leg or a heavy chair. The adhesive that Flexi-Felt uses is designed to take shear forces but the adhesive must have sufficient surface to adhere to in order to grip properly. Too small a surface for the forces being exerted on it and it’ll slip off. Or, just plain to much force from a heavy piece of furniture (or furniture and a person) and of course the pad will move.

Next time your pads don’t stay on you’ll know why but what’s even better is to install the pads correctly to greatly reduce them from slipping off. The other option is to purchase the Flexi-Felt Clear Sleeve floor protectors. They stay on and are especially good for small furniture legs where the adhesive felt pads don’t work well.

Tight Wheels

By tight wheels I mean caster wheels that have a fender like on a bike that’s very close to the wheels. If you check your caster wheels, you’ll be surprised to find out that there are quite a number of different models of caster wheels.

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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 3
In both figures 1 and 2 you can see that there is a normal amount of space between the fender and the wheels. In figure 3 the wheel is very tight to the fender. The reason that this is a concern is when you have these types of wheels damaging your floors. The Caster Cover is great for installing on the casters of both figure 1 and 2 but they simply cannot be installed on the casters in figure 3. If you find those types of casters damaging your floors your only option would be to replace them with either the expensive nylon casters or casters similar to the models in figures 1 and 2 and install Caster Covers.

Flexi-Felt In New Zealand

CTC Timber Floors in Auckland have a new service that provides concept boards and unique samples to their clients called Sample Workshop. New Zealanders will soon be able to buy Flexi-Felt in their own country from Sample Workshop which is a great fit for anyone looking to install new floors or refinish existing floors. I’m sure that the people at Samples Workshop selling the Flexi-Felt, will do a Tu Meke (awesome) job of selling the product. People in New Zealand will find that not only is Flexi-Felt great to protect their floors in their homes in town but also the floors of their bach (holiday home).

Flexi-Felt Adhesive Felt Pads for Walls

The pads are not specifically for the walls but rather to protect them. You bought some Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads or one of Flexi-Felts handy economical house or apartment kits and have some pads left over but aren’t sure what to do with them.

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If you want to protect your walls and paint from damage, here are some places where they can be used:

Have a headboard against a wall that moves? Place adhesive felt pads on the points where the headboard touches the wall. If the felt pads are too big you can cut them to the correct shape and size.

Have heavy objects on your wall such as metal sculptors, mirrors or works of art that are beautiful but are marking the walls? Again, just place the Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads on the contact points of the object and your walls are protected.

Have dining or kitchen chairs that are damaging your walls? Use the adhesive felt pads to protect the walls.

Have a front hall bench near a wall that the kids throw themselves on to put their shoes and boots on? Put your you know what (Flexi-Felt) on the edges of the bench and no more dings in the walls.

Hang a vacuum cleaner from the wall? Put adhesive felt pads on any parts that are near the wall so that when its placed back on the wall, just the felt touches the wall.

Take a look around your house and protect your walls from all the objects that can cause damage. If you plan on painting the walls soon, you can protect the walls now or wait until after the paint has dried properly before placing anything back on the walls. Put Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads on everything knowing that your walls will remain in good condition for a long time.

White Plastic Nail-in Feet Protectors

Almost all the furniture that you buy these days have white plastic nail-in feet protectors. They also sell them in most hardware stores. Anyone thinking that these actually protect floors will soon find out that this is not the case. Many of them are just ½” in diameter.

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Basic physics tells you that the smaller the surface the greater the forces exerted on that surface. You have a person sitting and moving back and forth on that little half inch circle, it’s bound to cause damage to the floor over time.

So, if you have those plastic nail-in feet protectors, take them off and put on proper floor protectors such as the Flexi-Felt floor protectors. Make sure to cover the entire bottom of the chair legs so that the weight of the person sitting in the chair is distributed over the entire surface and not on just a tiny ½” circle.

Measure Measure

The title isn’t a typo. There’s a saying to measure twice and cut once. This applies not only to when you’re cutting wood, material or anything else. It applies to when you order stuff off the internet. Don’t you hate ordering something, getting it and finding that it’s not the right size.

You know the sizes of your and your family’s clothes and footwear, but do you know the exact size of your chair legs to buy floor protection? Or do you know the size of your child’s locker to buy them Eco-Shelves for their locker. In these cases, it’s very important to measure twice before you order, or you’ll end up with the problem of having to return them and re-order. Do it right the first time and save yourself the hassle and frustration.

Just an FYI: When ordering Flexi-Felt floor protectors measure the length and width of chair legs that are square or rectangular and the diameter for round legs. If the legs change size in the first inch from the floor, take the measurement at ¾” from the floor as shown below.
Tapered leg measured correctly three quarter inch from floor
For lockers, be sure to measure the inside of the locker, not the outside because the shelves must fit inside the locker.
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Properties of Felt Pads

We buy felt pads to put on the bottom of our chairs but really don’t think of what an interesting product it is, so I’ve dug up a few facts about felt:
• It doesn’t wear easily
• It maintains its physical properties as it wears
• It’s resilient. It can be compresses and released thousands of times without changing shape
• Its great for polishing and protecting items such as floors
• It can be exposed to the elements
• It’s highly absorbent
• It cuts with a clean edge that won’t fray or unravel
• It can be cut to any shape, size or thickness
• It’s excellent at reducing noises and vibrations
• Can be made soft as wool or hard as wood

Felt can be made with both natural fibers, such as wool, and synthetic fibers like acrylic and polyester. Wool blend felt has these additional properties:
• Wool blend felt is highly resilient, retaining its strength and unique properties for decades
• Wool blend felt is chemical resistant
• Wool blend felt is a renewable and environmentally friendly resource.

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When buying felt keep in mind the job that the felt must do. In the case of floor protection, you want a felt that is soft but durable, that isn’t like wood (look out for those really hard felts that are out there) and ideally environmentally friendly (one that contains wool like the Flexi-Felt).

Is your furniture moving when you don’t want it to?

And, no I don’t mean being moved by ghosts or whatever. What I mean is by kids, hubby or friends throwing themselves on the couch, love seat or armchair. The furniture slides towards the wall and if too close, can cause damage to the paint and worse case, makes a hole in the wall. Sound familiar? Or, visitors moving furniture that you don’t want moved? What’s that about?

Good news! Flexi-Felt has come out with a new line of products called the Slide Stop. These are pads that you can stick to the bottom of legs of furniture that you don’t want to move. All you have to do is clean the bottom of the furniture feet and peel and stick the Slide Stop.

Easy to install and solves your problem of moving furniture.