How to Measure for Post Padding
Post pads come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but you don’t have to be a math expert to measure for their installation. Basic round or square post pads can be measured in a few simple steps.
Measuring for ROUND post pads:
1. First measure the circumference of the post, which is the measurement around the post. Using a piece of string, wrap it tightly and evenly around the post, mark the string, and then simply measure the string. This will give you the circumference. The reason for the string is because hard plastic tape measures are inflexible, often resulting in an inaccurate reading.
__________ Circumference (Distance around the post)
2. Although Sports Venue Padding requires the diameter of the post in order to manufacture the padding, their engineers prefer to complete this step once an accurate circumference is provided by the customer. If you wish to calculate the diameter for another reason, you can do so by dividing the circumference by 3.1416 (Pi).
__________ Diameter (Distance through center of post)
3. Measure for the height of the post pad. The standard height of a post pad is 6-feet, but Sports Venue Padding makes pads at any height, width, or shape to accommodate different activities. Before you provide the height, consider how the players will hit the post and at what levels.
__________ Height of post pad
The industry standard for foam thickness of a post pad is 4-inches. Padding is also available in 5-inch and 6-inch depths. On occasions when the post sits in restricted space and cannot accommodate thicker foam, 2-inch high density foam is recommended. Two-inch foam needs to be dense enough to absorb an impact before a player hits the post. Contrary to popular belief, there is no difference in price between the 2-inch and the 4-inch foam because of the way the foam is constructed.
Measuring for SQUARE post pads:
SQUARE post pads are easy to measure, also. Measure all four (4) sides of the post.
Side 1 _______
Side 2 _______
Side 3 _______
Side 4 _______
In every case, it is prudent to submit an accompanying photo with the measurements. That way, Sports Venue Padding engineers can visually review the project and be alerted to any concerns in advance.
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