HOW TO INSTALL
To calculate how many SmartPath™ rubber bases, 8' lumber boards and screws you will need for your project, follow the simple formula below:
22"-wide SmartPath™ using 2x4" lumber:
# of bases = ((LF ÷ 8) x2) +1)
# of 2x4"x8' board = (LF ÷ 8) x 5
# of 2" Screws = # of bases x 5
4'-wide SmartPath™ using 2x4" lumber:
# of bases = ((LF ÷ 8) x2) +1) x2
# of 2x4"x8' board = ((LF ÷ 8) x 10) +1
# of 2" Screws = # of bases x 8
6x8' SmartPath™ Landing Area using 2x4" lumber:
# of bases = 9
# of 2x4"x8' board = 17
# of 2" Screws = (# of bases x 5) +12
STEP by STEP
Build easy-to-install paths quickly and simply:
REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT
always wear safety googles and protective gloves
As in all assembly, remember to use the correct personal protective equipment. Always wear safety glasses, and protect your hands by wearing all-purpose utility gloves. This will drastically reduce the risk of eye and hand injury when using these building materials.
Other equipment that will be needed for path installation projects:
- measuring tape
- saw (for cut-to-fit customization, if needed)
always ensure ground surface is level before installing SmartPath™
To prepare the ground, first remove ground material until a flat surface is achieved.
The SmartPath™ bases can be assembled on virtually any type of surface including sod, pea gravel, dirt, crushed rock, sand or concrete.
USING TREATED BOARDS
treated boards may swell and shrink
Not all wood is created equal. The SmartPath™ base is engineered to hold five pieces of 2x4" lumber. Freshly treated lumber may swell and shrink, as it dries out. Freshly treated lumber will be snug, and may require tapping with a rubber mallet to fit into the channels.
SmartPath bases improve traction on the ground, not on the lumber surface
The SmartPath™ base grips surfaces to minimize ground slippage.
In order to create surface traction on the top of the lumber boards, you will need to apply a painted grip layer.
build one starter panel with 3 bases, the rest of the panels need 2 bases
Build panels using the recycled rubber bases as guides to hold 2x4" lumber. Each base holds five boards. Attach boards to rubber base with 2" screws. You can use a variety of 2” fasteners for your walkway: deck or wood screws, lag bolts with washers, or even Simpson strong-ties. All of these will work.
Place the wood upside down (traction-control side down). Insert screws through the rubber, into each of the five boards, along the center of the base. You will need 5 screws per rubber base (1 screw per board, each base holds five boards).
The first panel will need 3 bases, placed 26-32" apart, this will be the starter panel.
Each extender panel will need 2 bases, per panel. Lay the last rubber base of the panel so that only half of the channel width is covered by a board. By splitting the difference, you will create space for the next 5 boards. This is how panels will connect.
CONNECTING PANELS & EXTENDING THE PATH:
CONNECT STARTER PANEL TO EXTENDER PANELS
To extend the path, lay the ends of the next five boards over half of the rubber base, half filling the channel. Apply rubber bases along on the length of the boards, until you get to the end, laying the last rubber base of the panel as in step above. Repeat to extend the path. Turn the connected path over so that the rubber base is now on the ground.
Continue to build 8’ extender panels to satisfy the total linear feet needed for the path.
Turn the first 3-base panel over (traction-surface side up). This is the starter panel. To extend the path, flip over the next 2-base extender panel) and connect by placing the five 2x4’s into the half-filled channels of the first starter. Screw the five pieces of lumber through the wood, into the rubber base, from the top. Repeat adding extender panels until the entire path is fastened.
RE-USING THE SMARTPATH SYSTEM:
To remove the SmartPath system and move it to a new jobsite so that it can be reused, simply disassemble the path in the reverse order that it was assembled.
Start by removing the connecting fasteners (that is, all of the screws that were added to the top of the path.)
All of the fasteners added onto the bottom, will remain in place.
You will end up with one starter panels (3-bases still attached), and extender panels (2-bases still attached), for storage and or transportation to your new site.
To create a SmartPath wider than 5 lumber boards (that is, wider than 22"), simply build two panels and join them with a joiner board.
The patented side supports of the SmartPath rubber base allow for a joiner board to be placed between panels.
Simply lay two panels side-by-side, 4" apart, and fit a joiner board piece of 2x4' lumber snugly between the two abutting side supports along the inside edges of each panel. Secure the joiner board to each panel by screwing into the board through the rubber using 3" screws.
The SmartPath system can be easily leveraged to make a landing deck for your jobsite. Keep pallets of materials and equipment raised off the ground on an extended width portion of the path.
To create a landing area, calculate the square area that will be needed for your project. A 6x8' Landing Area is shown here and will likely be suitable for most jobsites. Build panels and lay joiner boards between panels to extend the width.
Connect a path to and from your landing deck to enable access to the landing area, and enjoy an organized workflow through your jobsite.
DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTION PDF:
instructions can be printed in landscape format on legal-sized paper
The three projects below are typical of a construction jobsite installation for SmartPath™ System.