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How to Cut and install Lauhala Matting?
RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2010-01-02 6:41 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-01-02 17:32, JackLord wrote:
I have a question along these lines:

When you cut and attach the matting to walls, how do you account for outlets and light switches on the walls?






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JackLord
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Posted: 2010-01-03 1:17 pm   Permalink

Tnanks BB, but not possessing your talents, could you please elaborate. What do I do with the painters tape?

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2010-01-11 3:00 pm   Permalink

That's a pretty good question. Anyone know the answer?



 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-01-11 3:37 pm   Permalink

All you are trying to do is keep the matting
from breaking up when you cut it.
So you take the tape put it all over the area
that you are going to cut (back side only)
then cut, the tape keeps the matting from
falling apart.
I use glue to do the same thing.
The tape would be faster though.
Next tack in place with staple gun.


 
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TikiG
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Posted: 2010-01-11 3:54 pm   Permalink

Ditto! The matting looks good Slacks...

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-01-11 7:52 pm   Permalink

"how do you account for outlets and light switches on the walls?"

I know this is the hillbilly way but I cut the piece to fit wall space.
Then I put butter on the outlet or switch hole make sure you
got enough to stick to the matting when your put cut piece to the wall.
Now place cut piece to the wall to mark outlet.
Pull cut piece back and the butter stain will show you where to cut.
Cut hole smaller than mark so that you can get it just right when you put up matting.
I'm sure some people just feel for the outlets and cut out hole after matting is up.
Or you could measure twice and cut once. But I could never get this one right.
Good luck!!!


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2010-01-11 8:20 pm   Permalink

I use the blue tape to remind me where the outlets are.

So, I can cut them out later.

I've never had a problem with Lauhala falling apart by itself.

Be nice to it and it'll be nice to you back.

Butter sounds interesting!

Rock on Slacks!
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-01-14 08:02 am   Permalink

When I cut Lauhala matting I'm cutting a two foot wide circle
or something in a smaller range like that.
And a lot of times it's the small weave I use.
This I use for lights or to make trays.
When you cut this stuff small like that it does break up, it goes everywhere.
So I gule it in that case.
Have never put Lauhala mat on a wall myself.
The butter trick I use on drywall.


 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2010-01-15 11:02 am   Permalink

For our room, we didn't really have any trouble with the lahala falling apart. Taped the backside where a cut would go and then cut with regular ol' scissors because it's pretty thin stuff. Then came the aging stain. Used contact cement (3M? can't remember) to put it up. No staples. Just rolled it on with a paint roller and it sticks like a champ. For outlets, yep, marked them with blue tape and went back and cut out the holes. Pretty easy stuff do deal with.

Ceilings are an entirely different matter though, requiring a stable ladder, a good sense of balance and a strong marriage.


 
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JackLord
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Posted: 2010-01-17 12:43 pm   Permalink

I think Tikiship got what I was asking the best.

I was not worried about the matting falling part- but its good that has been brought to my attention by BB and others. I was wondering how you would cut a piece and then know where to cut the holes for the outlets and switches. While you can probably feel through the matting, sticking a metal blade towards an outlet would be...insane.

Anyway, the butter trick should do it.

Thank to all of you. My education continues.


 
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