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"Denyse M. Carroll" <[log in to unmask]>
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Denyse M. Carroll
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Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:53:43 +0000
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FYI, the 3cm off is way to much to 'trim' so the suggestion to rebuild is the best option.

For now, I suggested the floor, as well, with some 2x4's to help simulate the walls of a table.



I am sure that this has to be disappointing after all the hard work that was put into building it.



Denyse

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From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 9:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Need table mat advise in a hurry... thanks!

I agree, I would not use this table.  I'm sorry!  It is hard to be in a bind like that at this point in the season.  Challenge update #4 says:

4 - MAT SIZE/FIT
This year's mats are running ever-so-slightly wide (north/south). If this is causing your mat not to lay flat between your table walls, the
official solution is to trim the black border off your mat's north edge, since that border serves no function and this change will not be
noticed by a robot. Try to do a good job, but your care is more important for safety than for accuracy. Thanks for your understanding
as we adapt to our new mat material. (Mat correction and policy announcement.)


But it says "ever-so-slightly".  I have been using the same table for many years and, while this year's mat does fit tighter than previous years, we actually didn't have to trim our mat at all.
Your picture looks way off to me.  I would try to find a new table to buy, or have someone build a new table, and work on a hard surface with the mat until it was ready, and just try to not do anything yet that would require the walls.

If you build a new table, I would just be sure it follows the directions in the rules for this year.  Maybe you can find a willing parent with a free Saturday afternoon?  That is really all it would take if you had someone with carpentry skills.
Good luck!

Sonya

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