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    I have searched the Biomch-l archives to help us decide on an
    appropriate surface for the flooring in a biomechanics lab. We are in
    the process of bidding out the project to contractors but wanted to see
    what materials people have used and have found successful and/or
    unsuccessful. From the archives a similar question has been posted but
    it has been several years since new responses have been posted.



    One option we are considering is a rubber interlocking 24"x24" tile from
    Pawling Rubber. It is used in weight rooms and would provide us the
    benefit of being able to move it if needed and also to replace tiles
    that show excessive wear. One drawback we see is its cost, but wanted to
    know if others have used it and if so how has it performed. One possible
    concern we have is how well the tiles remain flat and avoid curling up
    and creating an edge that could be problematic for working with older
    adults or individuals with a shuffling gait.



    Before we went with the rubber tiles we wanted to see if others have
    suggestions or success/failure stories.



    A summary of responses will be posted from the replies receive to these
    questions.



    Cheers,



    Clark



    D. Clark Dickin, Ph.D.
    HPERD/Neuroscience
    University of Idaho
    Box 442401
    Moscow, Idaho 83844-2401
    TEL: 208-885-2189
    FAX: 208-885-5929
    cdickin"at"uidaho.edu


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