When installing studs in the track, does it really make a difference which way the “V” pattern is placed? I know tracks have a particular way to be installed, but with studs we are just trying to get as many scratch lines as we can, right?
I always used to think it had to be a certain way, but in checking with the stud experts at Woody’s Traction they tell us the V can be in either direction on the track.
The V shape in Woody’s studding patterns is all about scratch lines. The more scratch lines, the more studs you have working for you as the track contacts the surface. The studs will be contacting in fresh hard pack or ice, not in the channel of the stud immediately in front. Generally, 96 studs in a V will give you 12 scratch lines, 144 studs in a V will give you 18 scratch lines and 192 studs in a V will give you 22 scratch lines.
And, it doesn’t matter where you begin applying the pattern on the track. The important step is when you move the template to the next track section to continue marking the pattern. You must move the template and place it on the track in the exact way you placed it on the section before. Continue moving the template like this until the entire track is marked.
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