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10-10-2014 08:28 PM

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With limited space in my cellar workshop, I decided to cutup and old angle iron bed frame and made an overhead rack for my longer pieces of wood. The only problem I have is, I keep hitting my head on the angle iron corners. This is not good for me because I am on a blood thinner and any gash to the head will bleed a lot. I have thought of a rubber elbow fitting split and wrapped around. If anyone has any ideas on how to cover the ends I would be appreciated. Thanks Don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 08:44 PM

Ouch, that would hurt. Have you considered pipe foam insulation? They come in tubes in various sizes and very easy to wrap around.


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#2 posted 10-10-2014 08:50 PM

1+ pipe insulation. If you get the kind with self adhesive strips, it will be quite easy to install.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 09:20 PM

Padding will sure help temporarily, but long term, raise it up so you can’t hit your head. If it was mine, it wouldn’t last five minutes after the first hit.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 09:28 PM

i used a red bandana
when i had that problem
worked pretty good
as it flapped sometimes
when the wind or air cleaner was working

as much as i hate then
hard hats do work too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 09:46 PM

Pipe insulation, as has already been pointed out, will work well.

If you are only wanting to pad the corners, you can use a tennis ball. Slice it open to fit around the angle iron, put it in place, then fill it with Low-Expansion Great Stuff. The Great Stuff will secure the tennis ball to the angle iron as well as giving a little more cushion.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 12:53 AM

I did the same in my workshop but I don’t have a cellar (just a room on the 1st floor) and was able to remove the ceiling and gain 40cm of crawlspace and that gave me enough room to use a 22mm thick by 3meter long sheet of mdf at 60cm deep along each side of the wall for lumber storage.

I would paint the angle iron red and place tennis balls with low expansion Great Stuff (as mentioned by Firehouse Woodworking) on all of the corners and watch your head!

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#7 posted 10-11-2014 03:02 AM

Paint it Neon Orange.
Or just use already-suggested pipe insulation or tennis balls.
Or, if you have any upholstery foam laying around, tie pieces of that on. Anyone throwing out an old sofa? Swipe the cushions. Better if you wrap the foam pieces with cloth. The original upholstery fabric will work fine. Your wife can help if she has a sewing machine.

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#8 posted 10-11-2014 12:36 PM

Thanks all for the ideas. I was talking to a master plumber yesterday and he also suggested the pipe insulation. I will be going to Lowe’s today to pick some up.


-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 10-11-2014 06:48 PM

If all else fails, a wild looking motorcycle helmet would make you look cool and save the noggin at the same time. That was a joke, but you can take it to the bank for safety.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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