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Old 12-31-2008, 10:11 AM #1
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laying out turf

hey everyone, we are laying out used turf and it has been really hard and takes us a long time to get anything done.

does anybody know of a good way to lay out the turf?

its just so heavy. we had a cat trying to pull them straight but even that wasnt enough and they would start to rip.

also whats the best way to line the turf up? right now we have the center on top with the seams all facing out, so when you dive out you dont hit them.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:17 AM #2
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From GatSplat's field guide:

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Also, you will probably see that if someone is replacing a whole football field worth of turf - some of it will be a bit torn up - like near the goal line, center of field, etc, but you will probably find lots of areas that looks pretty darn good. Turf comes in rolls, and they can vary in size. Ours were 14 ft wide, and 100 feet long. And it weighs a ton. It took a heavy duty fork lift to move these rolls into our building. Then I used a chain and a 4 wheel drive truck to drag them where I wanted them. Then using the fork lift gently, they unrolled the turf. Then with a bunch of guys and carpet grabber tools, you can move it around a bit. Then you seam it together, much like carpet seaming, but make sure you use very wide and sturdy seaming tape. You may want to call someone in to do this - but it is a project you can do yourself.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:36 AM #3
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thanks alot. thats what i figured was to use some sort of vice grip to grab the turf since its so slippery.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:42 AM #4
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Gatsplat was probably referring to carpet kickers (knee kickers). You can rent them at tool rental shops usually. if the turf is really heavy, which it is by the sounds of it, you'll need a few guys each with a carpet kicker and then they will need to "kick" the kickers in unison. Be prepared for some sore knees. Good luck.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:26 PM #5
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if you have money which is not usually found in paintball fields, pay someone to do it or get the team you sponsor to do it.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:53 PM #6
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There are big "carpet clamps". It's one of these things with two handles, and when you squeeze the handles together, it squeezes these 6" x 4" plates together that have little spikes on them, that's what grabs the turf. By having 4 or 5 of these, and a bunch of guys, you grab onto the turf, and it helps to wave it up and down in the air, to break the friction with the ground, then it can slide a bit.

Ours were in 14' x 75' rolls, weighing about 2500 lbs a piece, and with these clamps, a lot of swearing, sweating and falling down, we finally got everything lined up. We used "kickers" when it was pretty much all lined up to make sure the ends matched up, then seamed it together.

I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't know at this point... Huge pain in the arse!
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:54 PM #7
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pretty much exactly how we did our field.
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:05 AM #8
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I wish we had found these earlier. 5 outdoor, and 2 indoor set-ups later...

If you dont end up with something like those, be prepared for a long day and lots of wornout gloves.
Although, we found that using a blower when you "wave" the turf really helps to get some air underneath and make sliding it around a bit easier.
Without the 'kickers' you can still get a great seam, you just have to treat it more like traditional carpet. If you fold the ends over (almost like a paper airplane) you can then move the middle, then fold the ends back down.

We used a bobcat with a forklift attachment to get them off the truck, after that, just lots of raw muscle.
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Bobcat with tracks and forklift attachment.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:45 PM #10
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What kind of surface did you lay the turf on top of ? The person who runs the feld decided sand would be good so we spread about 3-4 inches evenly around the field but now from all the people driving the bob cat and pulling the turf its a little bit lumpy in places. Any suggestions on getting the sand flat and the waves out of the turf?
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:10 PM #11
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A yard roller would probably be the best option. Most are hollow drums 4' wide or so that you fill with water and drag behind a 4-wheeler. Not sure where you are from but a tractor supply store or possibly a home improvement store might have them.
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