|Pic of the parts you will need|
|cost more than the glue|
One audio/ video geek’s hobby project journeys
into the art of construction,
without constructing art.
Have you ever checked out just how damned
expensive some of these Isolation Platforms are?
I personally think the going prices are crazy.
Now, granted, if I had a couple of grand invested
in some insanely high end turntable,
like those young fellows at Acoustic Sounds,
( I don't. My Technics turntable is over 30 years old,
and runs perfectly,) well maybe I would consider
spending several hundred dollars on the best damn
Isolation Platform that I could possibly afford
One wooden platform filled with fiberglass
currently sells on the web for over $2,000!
Now - that's my definition of INSANE !
I’m sure I’m not the only A/V geek out there
that’s ever wanted his (or her ) very own isolation platform, without having to spend a “mint.”
Although, to be honest, I’ve never, in all my years,
personally known a female A/V geek.
( Why- yes, that Is Sad - I know. )
BTW, a “mint” to me, I say would be,
several hundred dollars.
OK, so Why that amount?
Well , because, quite frankly, the cost of my gear
just doesn’t warrant it. Also, as father of two,
I just can’t justify it.
So I decided to look into the cost of building my own,
without breaking the bank.
IF you only knew what I pay in child support...
This Isolation Platform doesn't have or need
to be perfect, it simply has to do “the job”.
( Who am I kidding?)
I’m not building one with the idea/ or goal of
attempting to improve the sonic characteristics
of a stupid high -end turntable.
No, I simple want to isolate an old Laserdisc player,
a CD player, a DVD recorder and tape deck.
1st I looked at the cost of marble,
which I discovered started
at $39 a SQuare foot, and went up!
Even though Marble is what I really, really wanted,
that would have blown the whole budget.
Oh, the budget. The budget you say.
What just was my budget?
Just how cheaply am I attempting to make this thing, and still have it do the job? Well, let’s just say,
for the sake of argument,
that $49 dollars was the budget.
Oh, and by the way, $49 was not the budget
for just a mere single Isolation Platform, but rather,
that was the budget for two of them.
That’s right - two of them!
So I'm attempting to build A $25 Isolation Platform !
What's that? Can’t be done you say?
Let me quote old Buzz Light-year here. “CAN!”
Well, let’s start with our "Home Depot" Shopping list,
shall we? I simply can’t afford marble. However,
I can afford some leftover ceramic / porcelain
They aren't thick enough (yet) to do the job,
but we can and will, address / fix this.
So - here we go.
1) 18 X 18 Floor tile. Times Four.(open stock) $8
2) 8 3-1/2” Round Felt Sliders (feet) Two-packs $11
3) Non-sanded grout gray caulk (Expensive!) $7
4) Heavy Duty PL 375 (glue) $2
5) Industrial gray spray primer $6
6) 2 cans of Sandstone Spray paint (on clearance) $9
7) 3M Masking Tape $3
8) Tax: $ 2.53
9) Total = $48.53 !!!!
10) Optional feet (HD Rack balls and wood cup holders)$3.25&$5 = $8.25
OK, w/ the optional feet, we went over budget,
& it turns out, you only really need 1 can of paint.
I just blended the two colors.
But I hope you see why I assembled 2 Platforms.
The cost to build the second platform only really
added $9.50 in real world dollars,
( $4 dollars for the tile, plus $5.50 for the "feet")
because the rest of the cost to build the 1st platform
was fixed, at $39, & would have left me stuck
w/ "leftover" material. Now, there was little waste,
but better distribution of cost.
Could I have built a third with these material
for another $9.50? No. No cause
the 3rd one would have added almost
$20 in additional material.
here is the 411 on how to construct the platform.
It’s rather simple. (see pics below)
1) Cut the tip off the HD PL 375 (glue) and
lay it into the middle of tile.
WARNING! This stuff dries VERY quickly.
I mean, like in under 2 mins!
2) Press tile together firmly, making sure they line up.
Let sit for 20 minutes.
3) Take non-sanded grout and lay into
the exposed seam on all 4 sides, filling it. Let it dry.
(FYI, I let this stand overnight)
4) Mask off the edges
5) Spray edges with Gray primer.
6) Let dry. (see instructions on the Can)
7) Lightly sand if you wish.
8) Paint. (Warning! Do NOT Paint the bottom.)
9) Let Paint dry. (4 hours) Then remove masking tape.
10) Add HD PL 375 glue at the center of the black tops
of the felt pads, & glue them to the bottom
of platform, & let dry.
And that’s it.
I present to you, your very own
$25 Inexpensive Isolation Platform, or IIP, for short.
So, what do you think of my solution?
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