Carpet tiles in a circle

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by Jon Scanlan, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Your idea looks good Jim. Its much the same as I made up. I tried to change your picture but me no good at that. I am using 2 sheets of 8x4 MDF. I tried the cut out against the column and it fits. Haven't tried the other sheet where I have cut the MDF to the outside radius.
    Don't think much of CP's idea :)
     
  2. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    :eek:......my way even works on a square pillar, Jims don't........:ohno:
     
  3. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    I couldn't make much sense outa CP's suggestion. But come to think of it, you could just wrap a string around the back side of the column and tie the ends around a pencil on the other side of the column that was at the distance away from the column you want. Then just hold it taut and draw your circle. The string will slip around the column as you move.

    Jim
     
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  4. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Forgot the picture
     

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  5. Nick Arrera

    Nick Arrera Traitor

    Turn in your coloring book Jon.:D
     
  6. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    What....ok let me try this again.....ok ya got a string loop that is big enough to reach the line ya need. Now it ain't gotta slip at the column, cause it slips at yer pencil. That's why ya can do the same with a square pillar. Yer simply orbitin the column. The string doesn't move against the column, but the pencil.........ow, my brain hurts.........:blink:
     
  7. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    Rookies I tell ya.....one more explainer then I'm goin to work.
    Take about 30' of string. Tie a small loop on one end. Now pull the string around the pillar and thread the other end through the little loop. Now pull the loop all the way to yer line ya need. Now tie off the loose end of the string to the little loop. Bingo ya got yer circle maker. The loop holds the marker in a perfect orbit.........:blink:

    Lord give me patients with these guys, and let me change the ones who ain't got a clue.......amen..........:cool:
     
  8. Lo Down

    Lo Down Old as dirt member Charter Member Senior Member

    Paint a picture CP.


    ............... ok ok I will, and the pencil is a #2
    Post is red, rope/string is black, pencil is pencil. Round or square post makes no difference.
     

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  9. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    After seeing Lo's illustration, I finally get it. Doh!
     
  10. Lo Down

    Lo Down Old as dirt member Charter Member Senior Member

    I didn't know how to demonstrate his loop thingy, but I think most will get it.

    I sure hope that was what he was describin'........... egg on my face if it isn't.
    I'm a visual person Jim.
    .......... for me, words can get in the way and fog up the "vision" of what is being described.

    For anyone with less vision, here's closer to what I should have drawn. Drawing is a real pain in the keester.
     

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  11. Omnipotent

    Omnipotent Flying Dutchman

    Yes, great idea! Let's do it!
     
  12. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    Thanks fer the help Lo. Sure is lonely at the top.........:coffee:
     
  13. hookknife

    hookknife Hard Surface Installer Charter Member Senior Member

    I like both Cps and Jims idea my idea sucks now:(
     
  14. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    Lo is the master of Paint!
     
  15. Sean Moore

    Sean Moore Pro Member

    I couldn't think of how I would do this when Jon presented it but cp's idea is the least amount of material used for the most precise circle.

    In case anyone still doesn't get it, go look at a bicycle chain. The column is the chainring up front and the pencil is the cog in the back.

    Personally for me I would make my circle and then create a curve out of plywood or something that I could make a precice mark in the middle of each tile, place my curve on the resulting three points and cut each tile using it as a guide. On really large circumference curves I will use my straightedge point-to-point because your eye is fooled into thinking it's really curved but 11.5ft is too sharp for that.

    I remember one job where we had to follow a really flowing soffit in carpet tile. The carpenters had marked their lines for the soffit on the floor so it was simply a matter of following their marks. A co-worker freehanded his and did a good job but I screwed him by using my straightedge and his side had to be replaced. It was noticeably different even though the two soffits were 300 feet apart. Had I freehanded mine both would have probably been fine. The precise edge was undeniably better looking.
     
  16. hookknife

    hookknife Hard Surface Installer Charter Member Senior Member

    Lol, :bow: :bow:
     
  17. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    :blink:.........:coffee:
     
  18. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    Love yer enthusiasum Omni........:cool:
     
  19. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Okay when I go back I will take a bit of rope and see if I could cut the tiles in a reasonable line :rolleyes:
    Still feel the best of Jims and my idea is the best as I have a 6mm thick MDF board to cut against when I put it on top of the carpet tiles. Plus I had to carry the large sheet up 6 floors cause it wouldn't fit in the lift. :mad: At least Jims way would have fitted in the lift :)
     
  20. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    But CP's idea would fit in your pocket. :hu:
     
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