Originally Posted by SteveCallas
Excellent, just picked up 8 more. Was it ever established if too many were a bad thing? I think it's clear for my front row risers that 4 feet simply isn't enough - the isolators are getting way too smushed.
Steve....good question. Most of my testing was with 1 isolator every 24 inches or so. My flooring is commercial grade low pile carpet, no padding, directly glued to concrete slab. So, there was very little "other" compression components in the isolator stack so to speak, just the low pile carpet underneath my isolators.
Some of my testing showed a degradation in BOSS performance as more isolators were added (less platform floatiness so to speak). But, I never went back to get more data points to understand the behavior vs. number of isolators per unit length or anything like that.
Having said that, I could see how those with thick padding and high pile carpet, combined with furniture sliders could start to see some compression of those other components over time. My guess is you probably won't notice any degradation in BOSS performance if you were to double the isolators, especially with all the other compression components in your stack contributing to the floatiness (carpet, carpet padding, bending furniture slider, etc.).
However, you may continue to see compression over time. Even with the extra isolators and the lower forces under each isolator, creep will likely continue to happen, just at a slower rate with the lower force. If this is the case, I would suggest stiffer sliders (less bendiness) and possibly larger surface area sliders to reduce the compression forces on the carpet and padding even more.
As a last resort, members with Crowson's have even resorted to cutting the carpet and padding to get down to the base floor. I haven't heard of any BOSS applications needing this, but I guess it depends on how thick your carpet and padding are and how much pressure is under each point.
Wow, that was a lot of words for such a simple question. Hopefully some of the details provided help with your BOSS setup.