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    Question on Horse Stall Mats (TSC)

    Moving my home gym setup from my garage to my basement.

    Going to use Horse Stall Mats from Tractor Supply Company for the flooring. They are sold in 5' x 7' sheets which is perfect as the room is 10' x 14' so 4 of them will do me wall to wall perfectly with no cutting/fitting required.

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    I don't have a truck. Do they sell these flat or rolled up? Could I get 4 of them in a full size 4-door sedan (Dodge Charger)?

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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    Moving my home gym setup from my garage to my basement.

    Going to use Horse Stall Mats from Tractor Supply Company for the flooring. They are sold in 5' x 7' sheets which is perfect as the room is 10' x 14' so 4 of them will do me wall to wall perfectly with no cutting/fitting required.

    BUT

    I don't have a truck. Do they sell these flat or rolled up? Could I get 4 of them in a full size 4-door sedan (Dodge Charger)?

    Thanks in advance.
    They are flat. The ones I bought were 4x8 and were hard to move around. They are heavy and very awkward. I don’t see you getting them rolled up of fitting them in your car but you may have better luck than I did with them.

    Also, if you have to move them down stairs...it sucks! Get a buddy to help you because they are heavier than you think and like I said above...awkward trying to move them.
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    I got the 4x6 mats at TSC. They come flat as previously mentioned. They are easy enough to roll up. If you are by yourself (like I was) use bungee cords to keep them rolled up. Made it way easier to carry from the truck into the basement as well. I’m sure you could fit them in the car, but it’ll be like playing Tetris
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    Yeah you won't be rolling horse mats up...
    5' by 7' is new I've only ever seen 4'x8'

    Any online? Mine were bought of ebay in the UK
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    They sell 4' x 6' x 3/4" and also 5' x 7' x 1/2"

    Thanks everyone. I'll see if I can get them delivered or else rent a truck.

    I live in the city so going to have to drive quite a ways to get these. Don't want to get there and find I can't get them in the car.
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    I think your stuck getting a truck . I bought mega lock stuff from Ohio , only because I was concerned about how the heck to find anyone reliable enough to help me with full-size Mats.
    Would lend you my truck ,as your a cool bruh , but I think we’re too far apart
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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    Would lend you my truck ,as your a cool bruh , but I think we’re too far apart
    Just a little. LOL>

    Originally Posted by jreacher View Post
    It would be easier to just build another garage.
    Not an option. It's a townhouse. I could commandeer the garage next door though.
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    I rolled a couple of them like a taco in a suv. Minivan would do as well.
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    If you have tie-down straps, you can roll them up, ratchet them down and they won't unroll on you. You can fit 1 in the back and 1 in the trunk. Without something to keep them rolled up, it's a pain in the ass and probably not worth the hassle. Probably best to just rent a truck.
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    Usually the mats are stacked out front and the store employees will,help you roll them. Once you have a mat rolled tightly secure each end with rope or packing tape. They will help you throw each one in your car. I think you can get 3-4 in a midsize sedan, but would go with a pick up if possible.
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    I brought 5 home in a vw golf. Used ratchet straps to roll them up.
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    I bought the 4x6 x 3/4" mats. I rolled them up and secured with a tie down strap to carry them up stairs.

    I'm sure you could squeeze them into your sedan, but having a truck would be a lot easier.
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    Moving them without a truck will be challenging, especially the 4x8 size which I prefer as they move around less. FYI, I like and use them in my garage but I'm not sure I'd want them in a basement gym where it's harder to air it out once in a while.
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    Originally Posted by blue9steel View Post
    FYI, I like and use them in my garage but I'm not sure I'd want them in a basement gym where it's harder to air it out once in a while.
    I have a nose like a hound, so I was a bit concerned about them when I first stuck them in my basement gym. After a few weeks, the smell dissipated considerably and at this point it's unnoticeable.
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    I have a nose like a hound, so I was a bit concerned about them when I first stuck them in my basement gym. After a few weeks, the smell dissipated considerably and at this point it's unnoticeable.
    Yeah, initial outgassing ended pretty quickly (weeks). I do find there is some minor amounts later on, especially during hot weather. It's not a big deal, but I like the option to open the doors and get some fresh air in there once in a while. If the basement has windows or some other method of accomplishing this it's likely fine. If it is totally enclosed I'd hesitate though it would likely still be ok. Honestly though I'm not sure you wouldn't have the same minor issue with something like rolled rubber flooring.
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    Originally Posted by blue9steel View Post
    Yeah, initial outgassing ended pretty quickly (weeks). I do find there is some minor amounts later on, especially during hot weather. It's not a big deal, but I like the option to open the doors and get some fresh air in there once in a while. If the basement has windows or some other method of accomplishing this it's likely fine. If it is totally enclosed I'd hesitate though it would likely still be ok. Honestly though I'm not sure you wouldn't have the same minor issue with something like rolled rubber flooring.
    I must confess I have no idea how the outgassing is when it gets hot. My ducts leak air in the basement, so it's pretty much 45-60F in the basement all year round.
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    You might be able to pull it off, but it'd be a gamble. I put 4 of the 4x6 sized mats in my SUV and had plenty of room; if your seats fold down you might be able to stuff 'em in there one by one. The extra 2 feet for the 8-footers could be the biggest problem, so bring some bungees just in case.
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    I had four in a hybrid sedan, back seat folded down and ratchet straps keeping the mats rolled up. Needed a little help loading, having someone at the truck and someone in the backdoor lifting the front end
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    How can you go through life and not own a truck? Or...at the very least, an suv with a trailer. We are now a society that relies on everyone else to do things for them.
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    How can you go through life and not own a truck? Or...at the very least, an suv with a trailer. We are now a society that relies on everyone else to do things for them.
    Because I live in a city?

    I have a Charger SRT 392 and a Corvette Z06. I don't need a ****ing truck every day.

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    Originally Posted by alisaweaver View Post
    I don't think it's a good idea to use your car for transporting. It will be better to ask someone or rent a track. It would be a big pity, if you come there and can't move to your house. Also not sure about getting it to the basement. It's a really challenging to do that if you have stairs.
    They're rubber. Make sure the bottom of the steps are clear of any people, animals or breakable objects and toss them down. :P
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    So I went through this also. Remember there are ~2 types of rubber mats. Vulcanized rubber and virgin rubber. Vulcanized is the one that the stall mats use and smells horrible. Will smell bad for a long time to come. Virgin smells horrible also but not as bad and is used in gym matting normally.

    I have both to test them.

    This is what I did to help. I laid them out in my driveway for 3-4 weeks. Let them heat up and off gas. Mostly that sulfur smell. I washed and scrubbed them with dawn before and after the sunning.

    This was going in my basement so it could not be too smelly. So the stall mats are still outside. Still stink and I brought the gym mats inside. Still have a faint smell.

    I have the 3x4 and 4x6 sizes. 3x4 you can roll up, tie and manage yourself no problem. I got 3 4x6 mats into my Corrola and about killed myself.
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    So I went through this also. Remember there are ~2 types of rubber mats. Vulcanized rubber and virgin rubber. Vulcanized is the one that the stall mats use and smells horrible. Will smell bad for a long time to come. Virgin smells horrible also but not as bad and is used in gym matting normally.
    FWIW - the stall mats I got from TSC only retained "the odor" for about a week or so, and I put them right in my basement w/o airing out. I planned to remove them and do so if necessary, but it wasn't. I think I only notice it whatsoever if I literally stick my nose onto them.
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    Originally Posted by DIYHustler View Post
    So I went through this also. Remember there are ~2 types of rubber mats. Vulcanized rubber and virgin rubber. Vulcanized is the one that the stall mats use and smells horrible. Will smell bad for a long time to come. Virgin smells horrible also but not as bad and is used in gym matting normally.

    I have both to test them.

    This is what I did to help. I laid them out in my driveway for 3-4 weeks. Let them heat up and off gas. Mostly that sulfur smell. I washed and scrubbed them with dawn before and after the sunning.

    This was going in my basement so it could not be too smelly. So the stall mats are still outside. Still stink and I brought the gym mats inside. Still have a faint smell.

    I have the 3x4 and 4x6 sizes. 3x4 you can roll up, tie and manage yourself no problem. I got 3 4x6 mats into my Corrola and about killed myself.
    the rolled rubber flooring doesn't off gas and doesn't smell at all.

    It's also stiffer and half the height, which can make a difference in the basements
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    Originally Posted by DIYHustler View Post
    So I went through this also. Remember there are ~2 types of rubber mats. Vulcanized rubber and virgin rubber. Vulcanized is the one that the stall mats use and smells horrible. Will smell bad for a long time to come. Virgin smells horrible also but not as bad and is used in gym matting normally.

    I have both to test them.

    This is what I did to help. I laid them out in my driveway for 3-4 weeks. Let them heat up and off gas. Mostly that sulfur smell. I washed and scrubbed them with dawn before and after the sunning.

    This was going in my basement so it could not be too smelly. So the stall mats are still outside. Still stink and I brought the gym mats inside. Still have a faint smell.

    I have the 3x4 and 4x6 sizes. 3x4 you can roll up, tie and manage yourself no problem. I got 3 4x6 mats into my Corrola and about killed myself.
    lol stall mats barely smell.. a bit when you first get them, barely noticeable within a session or two
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    Mine didn't smell either, but depending on how long they've been at your store, your mileage may vary.
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    Originally Posted by Cleveland33 View Post
    It's also stiffer and half the height, which can make a difference in the basements
    If I had rolled rubber my FT could have just went right on it. As of now, I have yet to cut a piece of stall mat to fit around the logisitcal nightmare that makes up the base.
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    Got the 4'x6' horse mats from TSC as well. Heavy, thick, and smelled at first, but was fine after a week or so. The thickness of the rubber horse mats were ideal, since I was dead lifting on them in my basement. If you plan to use a platform, then the thicker rubber isn't necessary. Good luck.
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