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RE: Making a treadmill running deck
J.R., on mine, I had to remove some plastic molding that protects the tightening screws on the rear roller, and some molding that protects the edges of the deck (much of it was secured to the deck with screws). Then I loosened the tension screws on the rear roller to loosen the belt. Then I unbolted the deck from the frame, slid the old deck out from under the belt and slid the new deck in. Then reversed the dissembly process. My TM is Horizon make and they have pdf instructions for doing many maintenance and repair tasks which I'm sorry to say I experience many.

On TM's, there's always plastic covering up the nuts and bolts of how it's constructed. Once you pull that stuff off, it makes sense how it's all put together. Careful, some of the screws that attached the molding to the deck were hard to find. I kept removing screws thinking I found the last one, but it was still attached. When I bought my replacement deck, it wasn't pre-drilled properly to receive the screws, so I had to drill my own. Then, the molding didn't quite fit right and rattled in operation. Eventually, I ripped it all off so that all the inner workings are completely exposed. Another reason I'm annoyed at paying +$100 for a replacement deck.

The surface material is important and that's one of the big questions. I have three ideas for it: 1) use the melamine coated MDF, 2) use the back-side of formica flooring bolted and maybe glued to the deck, 3) use sections of an old junked shower stall as the surface. I like #3 because that stuff is rigid, flat, slippery as hell and big enough to cover the entire deck. I'll probably just try one first since it's easiest.

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