Gym Floor Layout with Game Line Tape Machine and Bona SuperSport Paint


Hi, Joe Glavin with City Floor Supply. Today, we’re gonna discuss in a brief way laying out a gym floor game line tape machine. Its use, its function, that kind of thing. And also just some basic lines. Our plan is to kind of give you an idea because how this machine, this tool is used. We’ll talk about baseline, sidelines, the foul area, the key, all of those kinds of things that you’re going to be pulling tape to paint the lines on a gym floor. And I have Chris Sullivan here who in a former life was a commercial contractor slash gym floor contractor and has done a lot of gym floor work, tape laying out, that kind of thing. So I will pass it over to Chris. Hello everyone. What we’re gonna go over briefly here is like the logistical layout of a regular basketball floor PIAA. Something like that. As we’re gonna go over right here, everyone’s got a little bit of their their own methods to their madness within laying out a basketball floor, so don’t kill us on the comments section below. First thing we’re gonna do is the first thing you always do on a bare gym floor layout– always reference the backboard. So I’m gonna point to it loosely here with my tape measure, not accurately, but this is where you’re gonna plumb bob down from. So you’re gonna find the center of the backboard right here, you are going to get up on a ladder or whatever lift and you are gonna put, from center down, you are gonna plumb straight down until the plumb bob actually stops moving right there. You can’t see it on the camera, but we have it marked here. So that is the plumb bob mark from the backboard straight down. This is where all of your measurements are gonna kind of start from. You’re gonna do the same on the opposite end. So the first thing you’re gonna do with that mark once you get it plumbed from the center of the actual backstop down, you’re gonna measure back under our pallet rack here four foot and four foot two and that establishes your baseline. Four foot being out of balance, four two being the other end of that two inch line. And that’s the tape line. So you’re gonna measure back four and four feet two from your plumb line to establish those two dashes that are going to give you your two inches. From this line you’re then going to measure out gonna and I’m gonna grab a different tape measure here, so the next two measurements, you’re gonna have, again, four feet, four feet two. We’re gonna run out this way 25 feet, 25 feet 2 inches, 25 two. You’re gonna put your marks–two dashes. That is going to establish the out-of-bounds line on the sides. We’re then going to go over on the other side, same exact thing. 25, 25 two. You’ve now established both out-of-bounds lines on the sides. So we have our baseline and we have our out-of-bounds lines. So basically, what you’re gonna do is everything we’re doing on this side you’re gonna replicate on the other end of the basketball floor. So plumb down four foot, four foot two, 25, 25 two, 25, 25 two. Identical on the other end of the floor. One thing we did want to want to use just for reference to make sure that your line on your your back baseline is kind of running straight, just for reference, just to start, we can always utilize the back wall. So you can measure–on that 25 and 25 two, you can measure to the wall and then over here using the block wall again, just for reference, you can measure to the 25 and 25 two over here as well, Just so you can make sure your line–your baseline is not running so crooked. You can repeat the same on the other end. Again, everybody has their own kind of methods to their madness. Some guys will use laser, some kind some guys will use string lines Three four five, three four five to square up things. Everybody has their own methods for squaring. Whatever works for you, all good. But to show what this tape machine does specifically with this pointer, we’ve now established our our baseline as you can see here, four feet, four feet two back 25 and 25 two, same thing on the other end of the court. So what we’ve done is right in the middle of 25 25 two, an inch on both sides, we’ve run a string line to establish a straight line string line out of bounds mark, as you can see right here. What we’re going to illustrate specific to this machine is how to use the actual pointer. Kind of an old-school way of doing it, it absolutely works. Some guys, again, use laser lines, some guys just pull tape tight. So we’re going to show you how to utilize the actual pointer tool on this machine itself. So we have tape down, tape situated, tape’s ready to roll. It’s a matter of just following as closely as you can straight down that string line. So what Chris is doing and the method that he’s using, we’re sealing the tape. We’re gonna get a crisp, clean edge on the paint and this is really a demonstration on the straight pull, right. So this is a straight tape line. You’ll see us adapt this machine with three-point line extension poles and also with the six foot jump circle kit where we’ll do the radiuses. But this is strictly for, you know, the straight run. And what we wanted to establish here were baseline sideline corner and then we’ll get into running the arc as we continue on demonstrating the use of the equipment that is the game line tape machine and how it lays down tape so that we can orient ourselves. So we now have a fully squared basketball. We have out of bounds, we have baseline. Same thing, opposite other end of the court, so everything we’re talking about here you replicate on the other end. So as you can see here, we have a fully squared 50 feet wide, 84 feet long basketball court. The next step that we’re gonna go over with you guys is we’re going to establish all of our foul line, all of our key marks, our hashes and then also we’re gonna start our three-point with our our pivot mark off the 63 inch center hoop mark. So to get the foul line established first from the backboard, the plumb mark, we are going to measure out 14’10” and 15 feet, 15 feet being the foul line. 14’10”, 15 feet. Again, we’re working with a 2-inch line. We now have our foul line. The next thing we want to establish is the width of our actual key itself. So the box. And what we’ve done is we’ve run what we call a dry line and this essentially is the center from point of this hoop to that hoop is this line. And then that’s going to give us all of the dimensions for the key while keeping our basketball floor square and true. So to get the inside and outside edges of the box, we’re gonna measure out 15’10” and 6 feet. We’re gonna take the same thing over here We’re gonna measure out 15’10” and 6 feet. We can now establish our box. Because we don’t have a baseline to go off of to square everything up, you’re gonna go back to that 4 foot behind the the basketball floor, the 4 and the 4 2, you’re going to measure the same thing off of that 15’10” and 6 feet allowing you to pull your tape through these marks on both sides to establish a square. All right, so you see your marks on the tape, right so for like straight line pulls on short distances, even long distances, the tape itself can become your guide. And that’s what Chris and I just demonstrated. And then we will roll all of these lines tight. But you can see we didn’t use the tape machine there, it’s just a matter of getting the line set from our initial marks and measurements and then we’ll back roll the lines and we’ll back roll the lines obviously for paint bleed but also so that we can get nice, crisp cuts at our intersections where we need to cut. So you can see this crisscross here, we’re going to need to cut this out and we’re also going to need to cut it out at the other side. So essentially we have established our foul line. We’ll do player positions and then we’ll do key to the top of the key where it’s going to intersect with the three-point line and then obviously where the machine is key is pulling those circles. So the three-point line as well as the top of the key. So, now we have our foul lane situated with our foul line. Logistically speaking, again, everybody’s a little bit different, but I like to establish player positioning and hash marks next. So with that being said, we have a tape running back to our base line. That was the four foot, 4’2″ mark that we’re gonna use for this reference point. So from the four foot point which is the inner edge of the back line of the tape, the inside of the the first line of tape, the first line or box that we’re going to establish is the larger box that is at 7 feet, 7 feet 8 inches, the next lines 11 feet, 11 feet 2 inches, 14’2″ and 14’4″, 17, 4 and 17’6″. What we’ve done is established our center at the foul line. We’re using the top of the foul line or that portion of the foul line that’s closest to center court and dead center of that is now our pivot point and you can see we’ve double-sided taped our pivot plate that the bearing fits into as well as the sleeve for the pole. And this can allow you to do this as a one-man job. Obviously we’re on concrete so I couldn’t really tack this in, although there are tack holes in all four corners to tack this in again, to make this a one-man operation. So go ahead Chris, explain what you just did there. We’ve established our our 6-foot with our six foot pole here Just for gauge reference to make sure that we’re gonna meet up everywhere I usually like to back it up a little bit, get my tape started here, and then swing around to the other side. In a perfect world, this six foot radius is going to meet up with that foul line or that box line over there, so You can see pulling the three-quarter tape or a one-inch tape makes a clean radius and there’s not a whole lot of wrinkling in the tape and we get nice clean crisp edges from the ceiling of the urethane wheels and you know we match up with our Other side on the foul line, the foul box, the lane so you know, we’re good to go there. So essentially what we’re doing now is painting our lines. We’ve gone through, we have rolled all of the tape flat again to get that nice seal so we get crisp edges when we pull the tape. We’re just using Bona SuperSport paint here and orange color. Chris got his roller flat, which helped him keep inside the lines without a whole lot of squeeze out and again, this is on concrete. We’re looking at Probably two coats of this paint. So one thing to comment with on paint which a lot of guys, you know, gym floor season notoriously in the summertime gym floor contractors’ busy season, school districts get out, gym floor guys get in– with summer time comes elevated humidity. So one of the keys with any paint really is that you know, thin is in. So don’t try to overdo it on coverage knowing that you’re gonna get two coats. Put it down thin.

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