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I usually go to a carpet store and ask if they have any carpet pad remnants. Figure the size you want, fold it over to make that size, then hot glue the two halfs together. I usually make two or three at a time. If you need to, you can throw one on top of another for more support. Could also do that with carpet remnants, but the pad shakes dirt and dust off easily. When they get ripped or look horrible, throw em out and start early. You might also look at the yard and garden kneeling pads at like Steins or another yard store. Sometimes I have knee pads on and still use the kneeling pads just cause they make a long long day more comfortable. But don't be buying any $80 pads, just not worth it when you can form up your own.
PS, Naproxen Sodium (naprosyn) OTC will help a lot today. Make you feel like a new man. Also I.C.E. if you don't go to work. It stands for Ice, (ice pads on the knees every half hour or so, C -- compression, like an Ace bandage wrapped around the offended area, but don't go too tight and cut off circuilation, and E, for elevation -- put your feet up, get your head lower, couch or lounge chair. And watch the tube. Get the excess blood flow off that tender area. A day or so like that you should be good to go.
Last edited by JimDon; 10-28-2008, 07:57 AM.
Reason: added more info in form of a PS
I bought a set, and I can use them and get on my knees finally again, for a few hrs a day, I have not been able to kneel/crawl with out them for the last 10 years, they with out them I can only kneel about 5 to 10 Min's with out major problems and that is on some thing soft, like dirt or carpet. before I would lay on my side to do "normal kneeling work".
stay for the most part where you put them on your leg, and the weight is not on the knee it self but more on the upper shin bone area, they ride on your foot, so they do not slip down,
and the famous 5 gallon bucket to set on instead of kneeling,
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after having my knee drained with a horse needle 6 times
i started using a kneeling pad on 90% of my floors/ ground.
the ones that work are the small garden foam pads. approx. 12'' x 16'' x 1''
cost $1-2.00 i have them in all the colors
also the 2'x 2' interlocking floor squares work great for larger areas like cabinets, floors, outdoors. these are available at costco, auto parts stores and are approx. $10. for a 4 pack or 8 pack at costco.
i rinse them off when dirty and they're good to go.
I worked with some experienced guys at base PW and asked what tools I should get that I might not have thought of. They all said a foam pad and they use theirs all the time. They used 2" black foam insulation for chiller pipes that comes in a big roll and it was very durable. I located some foam pad that came in a 4x8 sheet and I cut it to size and always kept some in the truck.
20 yrs ago a doctor said i should get out of the plumbing business to save my knees ,i said ok can i have a job as your helper .
well the next year i just moved to PA and the 2nd week here on a mon morning my knee locked up in bed before work ,well by wed i was under the knife and out of work for 8 weeks .
i do HVAC work now but when i do have to kneel i use 4" thick of Armerflex insulation and it works good
and a hot tub is nice also
I have had knee pains on and off for many years and have tried all types of knee protectors and all were just uncomfortable as they slipped up and down my legs and were never in the right position to protect my knees, until I came across eez neez which has a foam membrane built into my overalls or long work pants to protect the knee and you forget their there when working.